14 Oct 2021

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a consultation seeking views on its strategic priorities and aims for the next three-year period starting in April 2022.

The BSB is seeking views on its latest strategic review which outlines how it will continue to deliver its Regulatory Objectives and to reinforce its identity as an independent regulator. The regulator’s strategic review considers the new challenges which the Bar faces as a result of the health emergency, and especially the growing use of technology and the need for the BSB to work with both individuals and chambers to promote both high standards and inclusivity.

Today’s consultation also seeks views on a new longer-term vision for the BSB: we will ensure that the Bar and the BSB deliver diversity and high standards, and promote the public interest.

BSB Director-General, Mark Neale, said: “I encourage all those with an interest in the Bar to share their thoughts with us about our proposed strategy for 2022-25. As we emerge from the health emergency, the profession faces many continuing challenges including the challenges of ensuring diversity and access to justice, as well as new challenges arising from the take-up of technology. Our role as regulator is to work with the profession to meet these challenges in the public interest: to maintain high standards, to promote diversity and to ensure access for the public to good value and understandable services. We very much welcome views on the opportunities and challenges we highlight.”  

The deadline for responding to the consultation is 5pm on Friday 10 December with the final strategy due to be published in the first quarter of 2022.

You can read the consultation document and how to respond to it on the BSB website.



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