25 September 2018

Annual Report highlights progress during 2015-16

We have published our latest Annual Report, which summarises our achievements during the 2015-16 business year and during the course of our last three-year strategic plan which concluded on 31 March 2016.

Our key achievements in 2015-16 were:

  • The publication of a Risk Outlook - an important document which provides an overview of the biggest risks in the legal services market and which sets out our regulatory priorities;
  • Improving our dialogue with the Bar, consumers and other key stakeholders and  holding a number of events throughout the year to seek their views on a wide range of topics, such as the future of Bar training;
  • Publishing the new Professional Statement, which describes the skills, knowledge and attributes expected of barristers at the point of authorisation;
  • Piloting an improved, more flexible Continuing Professional Development (CPD) regime for barristers in preparation for its roll-out in 2017;
  • Undertaking a major piece of research into women's experiences at the Bar;
  • Beginning a review of immigration advice and services;
  • Commissioning research into Youth Court advocacy standards and adopting the resulting recommendations; and
  • The Legal Services Board (LSB) recommending that we should  begin authorising Alternative Business Structures (ABSs) - a recommendation which the Lord Chancellor has now approved;

During the period of our last strategic plan, we reduced the overall cost of regulation by two per cent.