19 September 2019

Your views sought on our strategic priorities for 2019-22

Last month, we  published a consultation seeking views on our strategic priorities and aims for the next three-year period starting in April 2019, supported by updated analysis of the key risks facing the achievement of our regulatory objectives.

We have proposed the following high-level aims for our 2019-22 Strategic Plan:

  • delivering risk-based, targeted and effective regulation;
  • encouraging an independent, strong, diverse and effective legal profession; and
  • advancing access to justice in a changing market.

As the risk-based regulator of the Bar in England and Wales, our proposed strategic aims reflect the key risks to the achievement of our objectives that we have identified. The consultation paper also seeks views on these risk themes. They are:

  • working cultures and professional environment inhibit an independent, strong, diverse and effective profession;
  • innovation and disruption in the legal services market offer threats and opportunities for the profession and for the public; and
  • affordability and lack of legal knowledge threaten access to justice.

Please do respond to our consultation and come to our consultation event onThursday 6 December, from 5pm - 7pm, at the Bar Standards Board office, 289-293 High Holborn London WC1V 7HZ.

BSB speakers will provide an overview of the Strategic Plan and Risk Outlook, after which a panel will discuss several issues, including: diversity at the Bar, innovation in legal services and access to justice.

After the panel discussion, questions will be invited from the floor. Your thoughts are, as always, very important to us and we would welcome contributions to the discussion of our regulatory priorities.

If you would like to attend, please email ContactUs@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk with any accessibility and dietary requirements you or they may haveby 5pm on 12 November.

If you are unable to attend, we would still like to hear from you about our plans for the upcoming three years. We welcome all responses to the consultation.