24 August 2019

Consultation event: Modernising Regulatory Decision Making

On 18 April, we are holding a seminar to consider our proposals for changing the way we deal with the information we receive and the way in which we make decisions in relation to professional conduct issues.

The event, which will inform our ' Modernising regulatory decision-making' consultation, will be held on Wednesday 18 April, 6pm - 8pm, at the Bar Standards Board office, 289-293 High Holborn London WC1V 7HZ.

The proposals are a major and final component of our modernisation in the public interest, as set out in our  2016-19 Strategic Plan, to ensure regulatory decisions are made as consistently and efficiently as possible, while continuing to ensure that the decisions we make are the right ones.

During the seminar, we would like your views on our proposals to establish:

  1. A new Independent Decision-Making Body (IDB). The IDB will replace our  Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) in making decisions about the conduct of barristers including the decision to refer the more serious cases to the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service (BTAS). The IDB would also replace the  Authorisations Review Panels in dealing with challenges to staff decisions on individual applications for authorisation and waivers from Handbook requirements; and
  2. A new Centralised Assessment Team (CAT) through which all incoming information to us will be assessed and processed.

Further details of our proposals can be viewed in our  two-page table summary

If you would like to attend, please email  ContactUs@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk with any accessibility and dietary requirements you may have by 5pm on 13 April.

If you cannot attend our event, you can respond to  the consultation, via email:  consultationresponses@barstandardsboard.org.uk before 31 May 2018.