02 September 2019
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has appointed the members of its new Independent Decision-making Body (IDB) which will begin its work on 15 October.
The appointees to the BSB's Independent Decision-making Body are as follows:
Aidan Christie QC (Chair)
Iain Christie (Vice-Chair)
James Cutress QC
Paul Sinclair QC
Nicholas Stonor QC
Gemma White QC
BSB Director of Professional Conduct, Sara Jagger, said: "I am delighted to welcome the members of our new Independent Decision-Making Body and look forward to working with them. The response to our request for applications to join the IDB was overwhelming. I am proud that the BSB has been able to appoint such a high calibre pool of people to assist us in ensuring the standards of the profession are maintained."
Notes to editors
The Independent Decision-making Body has been created to take independent decisions on relevant regulatory issues including enforcement of the professional obligations of those regulated by the BSB, and the authorisation of certain types of individuals and entities to provide legal services.
The IDB is made up of a pool of barristers and lay members. It will take decisions on individual cases with panels of three members being used for authorisations decisions and panels of five for enforcement and disciplinary decisions. Establishing the IDB is the final component of the BSB's programme to modernise its regulatory decision making.
Most of the decisions the IDB will take will be in relation to whether disciplinary action should be pursued where potential breaches of the professional obligations, as set out in the BSB Handbook, are serious and may amount to professional misconduct. The IDB will also be responsible for, amongst other things, taking decisions in relation to appeals against executive decisions not to grant waivers from the Handbook requirements or decisions not to authorise or license a body to provide legal services.
Appointments will be for an initial period of up to three years commencing in September. Further announcements about the work of the IDB will be made as it prepares to become fully operational, and able to take decisions, on 15 October.
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