24 Oct 2023

The BSB has today issued a consultation document seeking views on our regulatory expectations of chambers. This document reflects a series of roundtables with members of chambers and with representatives of the Bar Council, the Legal Practice Management Association and the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks in late 2022 and the first half of 2023. We plan to repeat these roundtables, beginning in the Autumn of 2023, to meet members of the profession in London, Brighton, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Swansea and Newcastle. The full list of events is available below.

The proposals in the paper seek to provide chambers with greater clarity about regulatory expectations in the areas of maintaining standards, pupillage, equality and inclusion, bullying and harassment, wellbeing, access, sanctions and anti-money laundering, information security and governance. The BSB’s aim is to consolidate those expectations into a single online resource which we hope would be complemented by resources from the Bar Council, the Specialist Bar Associations, the Inns and Circuits, the Legal Practice Management Association, the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and other professional organisations designed to promote the sharing of good practice between chambers. The full consultation document is available on our website. The Bar Standards Board welcomes written responses to this paper by 31 March.

The upcoming roundtables (to be held between 5.30-7pm) are as follows:

  • London - Thursday 9 November 2023 at the BSB offices (289-293 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HZ).
  • Manchester - Tuesday 5 December 2023 at Deans Court Chambers (24 St. John Street, Manchester, M3 4DF).
  • Leeds - Thursday January 11 2024 at Park Square Barristers (6 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2LW).
  • Swansea- Thursday 18 January 2024 at Angel Chambers (Ethos Building, Kings Road, Swansea, SA1 8AS).
  • London - Tuesday 23 January 2024 at the BSB offices (289-293 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HZ).
  • Newcastle- Thursday 1 February 2024 at Trinity Chambers (The Custom House, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DE). 
  • Bristol - Wednesday 7 February 2024 at St. John’s Chambers (101 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6PU).
  • Birmingham - Thursday 22 February 2024 at St Ives Chambers (1-3 Whittall Street, Birmingham, B4 6DH).
  • Brighton - Thursday 29 February 2024 at 1 Crown Office Row (119 Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UD).

Should you like to attend any of these events, please email [email protected] as soon as possible, stating any accessibility and dietary requirements.


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