24 Jan 2020

Following a recent open application process, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced that it has appointed 11 King’s Bench Walk (11KBW) to its new Tribunal Representation Panel. 11KBW will provide counsel to represent the BSB at the Bar's independent disciplinary tribunals and at a range of other hearings associated with its enforcement processes.

The Tribunal Representation Panel replaces the BSB’s pro bono Prosecution Panel.  The move to paid legal representation at disciplinary tribunals and other enforcement hearings is an important development in the BSB’s aim to conduct its legal and enforcement work as an efficient and modern regulator.

The BSB began instructing counsel from 11KBW from 1 January 2020. They will be remunerated in accordance with the fee structure published as part of the open application process. The BSB will in future seek to recover the costs of tribunal representation where appropriate in order to reduce the impact of the new arrangements on the Bar as a whole.

The recent appointment follows the BSB’s announcement in October that it had modernised its regulatory decision-making by introducing new Enforcement Decision Regulations.

BSB Director of Legal and Enforcement, Sara Jagger, said:

“We are pleased to announce the appointment of 11 King’s Bench Walk as the sole chambers on our new Tribunal Representation Panel. 11 KBW has a strong track record of representing regulators in disciplinary cases and we look forward to working with them. 

Our pro bono Prosecution Panel has provided us with excellent legal services for many years and has been vital in helping us to maintain standards at the Bar. However, it is no longer appropriate for us to rely on the goodwill and generosity of individuals to operate one of the most important functions of the enforcement system. 

The BSB is extremely grateful for the hard work and support given to us by all those who have served on the Prosecution Panel over the years.”

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