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Race Equality Taskforce

Our Race Equality Taskforce was formed in June 2019. The Chair of the Taskforce is the BSB Head of Equality and Access to Justice.

Authorisations Team Service Update

This page is updated weekly (or more frequently) to reflect changes to our service, including the volume of work being completed by the team.

Barrister training: waivers & exemptions

Find out how to apply for waivers and exemptions from the various components of Bar training.

The Independent Decision-making Body

The Independent Decision-making Body (IDB) makes decisions about cases passed to the Investigations and Enforcement Department for investigation that may require disciplinary action.

Authorisation to Practise (ATP)

This section contains key information for barristers about the annual ATP process.

Disability Taskforce

Our Disability Taskforce was formed in July 2021. The Chair of the Taskforce is Diane Lightfoot who is also the CEO of the Business Disability Forum and the Vice Chair is Mark Neale, Director General of the BSB.

Attend one of our events

Find out about our forthcoming public events and external events to which we are invited to speak.

The role of chambers

This webpage explores how the BSB is developing its relationship with chambers.

Religion and Belief Taskforce

Our Religion and Belief Taskforce was formed in January 2021. The Chair of the Taskforce is Sultana Tafadar KC and the Vice Chair is Christopher Grout.

A risk-based approach

Read about our risk-based approach to regulating the Bar.

Our research reports

Here you can find our published research reports, including regular statistical publications, research undertaken by the BSB Research team, and commissioned research reports. 

8A: Review applications and procedures

Individuals or organisations may submit a request for review of a decision of the Bar Standards Board, and a further appeal to the High Court, in line with the Bar Qualification Rules (Rules Q35-Q40). This section includes information on requests for review of decisions of the Bar Standards Board, the Bar Council Records Office, the Inns of Court, and the Inns’ Conduct Committee (ICC). Bar Qualification Rules

BSB Handbook

Rule Q35 Where provision is made under this Section for a review by the BSB of a decision, any request for such a review must be accompanied by:

.1    a copy of any notice of the decision and the reasons for it received by the person requesting the review (“the applicant”);

.2    where the decision is a decision of an Inn or the ICC, copies of all documents submitted or received by the applicant which were before the Inn or the ICC;

.3    any further representations and evidence which the applicant wishes the BSB to take into account; and

.4    payment of such fee or fees as may be prescribed.

Rule Q36 Where the decision under review is a decision of an Inn, the BSB will invite the Inn to comment on any further representations and evidence which the applicant submits under Rule Q35.3.

Rule Q37 On a review under this Section the BSB:

.1    may affirm the decision under review or substitute any other decision which could have been made on the original application;

.2    may in an appropriate case reimburse the fee paid under Rule Q35.4; and

.3    will inform the applicant and any other interested person of its decision and the reasons for it.

Rule Q38 Where provision is made under this Section for a review of a decision by the BSB, this review may be delegated to an Independent Decision-Making Panel, where specified by the BSB.

Rule Q39 Where under this Section provision is made for a review by the BSB of a decision, no appeal may be made to the High Court unless such a review has taken place.

Rule Q40 An individual who is adversely affected by a decision of the BSB under Section B.2 may appeal to the High Court against the decision. 

  Overview 1  You may submit a request for review to us up to one month after notification of the original decision (eg the date of the relevant decision letter). Independent Decision-making Body 2  The Independent Decision-making Body (IDB) is a non-executive body with responsibility for taking all regulatory decisions that require ...

9B: Amendments

The Bar Qualification Manual was first published on 1 April 2019. An updated and reformatted version of the entire manual was published on 9 November 2020. The table below will include details of amendments made to the Bar Qualification Manual after 9 November 2020 by section number/page title and by date. Date Section Number and Page Title Details of Amendments 17/11/2020 Part 3D - Centralised Assessments Amended link at paragraph 3 to 2020 version of standard setting technique document. 14/12/2020 Part 7A - Types of transferring lawyers Added links to new online application for transferring qualified lawyers via MyBar (para 5). 17/12/2020   Part 7A - Types of transferring lawyers Added links to new online application guidelines and amended 'valid to' dates ...

Reviews and Appeals of Authorisations Decisions

Find out how to apply for a review of an authorisation decision and the role of the Independent Reviewers.

Waivers and exemptions from rules

On this page, you can find links to application forms and guidelines on waivers and exemptions from rules in the BSB Handbook, including those related to CPD, Public and Licensed Access, conducting litigation and the Qualified Person requirement.

Public Access exemption guidance and applications

Information and guidance on exemptions from the Public Access Requirements. Find the application form too.