13 December 2018

We want your views

QASA Consultation

 

The consultation on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) is due to end this month. Please ensure that you submit your responses to the consultation by24 December 2015.

For further information about the consultation, including how to respond,  please visit our website.

 

Background

In October, as part of the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG - comprised of the BSB, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and CILEx Regulation), we launched a new consultation in preparation for the implementation of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).

The consultation is the first phase of the implementation of the Scheme following the decision by the Supreme Court in June 2015 that the Scheme is lawful.

Employed barristers consultation

 

We are considering expanding the definition of "employed barrister non-authorised body" to allow barristers to work through agencies or corporate vehicles. The current scope of practice rules prevent this, and the purpose of the proposal to change the definition is to ensure that we are not putting unnecessary restrictions on the way in which employed barristers can practise.

We welcome views on the proposal to change the definition and any risks that may be associated with this.

The consultation closes on 15 December. To respond,  please visit our website.