23 September 2019

New edition of the BSB Handbook

We have published an updated version of our Handbook to introduce new rules governing regulatory interventions. The new rules are needed because we have been given the statutory power to intervene into barristers' practices in the very unlikely event that something has gone so seriously wrong that intervention is necessary to protect clients.

The powers are similar to those already held by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in relation to solicitors' firms and come into force following a period of public consultation in 2015 and the subsequent approval by the Legal Services Board and Parliament of the necessary Order under the Legal Services Act.

We have appointed two specialist intervention agents to act on our behalf should we deem it necessary to intervene in a barrister's practice.