21 August 2019

BSB sets its priorities for the next 12 months

We have published our annual Business Plan for 2018-19 in which we outline our main priorities for the year.

The Plan explains that the main focus of our work will be:

  • to continue to implement reforms to training for, and entry to, the Bar as part of the Future Bar Training programme;
  • to consult on the necessary rule changes to enable the Bar to respond to the recommendations from the Competition and Markets Authority regarding service and price transparency;
  • subject to consultation, to continue recent governance reforms by establishing a new Independent Decision-Making Body for enforcement and authorisation decisions, and adopting a new approach to how the BSB assesses incoming regulatory information; and
  • to publish an updated Risk Index and Risk Outlook for the market for barristers' services in early 2019.

These projects are in addition to our ongoing work of regulating barristers in the public interest.

2018-19 is the final year in our current three-year Strategic Plan which was first published in 2016. We will produce a new Strategic Plan by this time next year which will be informed by whatever risks to the statutory Regulatory Objectives are identified next year in the updated Risk Outlook.