19 September 2019

Blog: Monthly message from our Chair Sir Andrew Burns KCMG

It has been a busy month here at the BSB. We have been travelling the length and breadth of the country to explain the forthcoming changes to barristers' CPD. We have had an appreciative reception everywhere, with people apparently pleased to hear us explain the advantages of the changes we are proposing and full of useful advice about the accompanying guidance.

It has been good too to get out of London and to have had the opportunity to meet and speak with so many of you directly on this and other matters of practical importance.

We were also pleased to be present at the Bar Conference on 15 October. Our conference session about Alternative Business Structures (ABSs) was well attended. ABSs are not for everyone but their flexibility may offer some of you intriguing new opportunities.

Also during the past month, we have been attending open meetings at universities around the country to listen to views about our ongoing consultation about the future of Bar training. We have been meeting barristers at these meetings, but also listening to views from the legal academic community and, of course, students themselves. This is a complex subject that directly affects Higher Education providers as well as the profession. There is much for the Board to consider next year when we make a final decision on our preferred approach to Future Bar Training.

Lastly, I look forward to holding an induction session shortly for our newly recruited advisory pool of experts (APEX)next month. This pool will consist of both lay members and a goodly range of legal experts. APEX is an important element in our new more stream-lined governance arrangements and its members will play a crucial role in our future policy making. The BSB as a whole benefits hugely from its talented, committed and varied barrister membership, but this will be an important additional way in which we can draw on relevant legal and other insights.