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BSB publishes updated disciplinary tribunal regulations and rules on parental leave in new BSB Handbook

01 November 2017

A new rule clarifying how vulnerable witnesses give evidence is one of a set of new and updated disciplinary tribunal regulations to be published in the new version of the BSB handbook. The revised Handbook also contains new rules about shared parental leave, in addition to some minor amendments to provide additional clarity.

BSB to revise rules relating to authorisation to practise and public access work following consultations

27 October 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has approved a number of rule changes for barristers renewing their practising certificates and for those doing public access work following recent consultations.

BSB seeks views on updating some of the rules governing barrister training and qualification

03 October 2017

As part of its ongoing Future Bar Training (FBT) programme, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new consultation on a number of aspects of the way in which barristers train and qualify. 

BSB proposes targeted approach to CMA disclosure recommendations: focuses on consumers who would benefit most

02 October 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new consultation outlining its proposed response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recommendations for more transparency about legal service providers' fees, services and rights of redress for consumers.

BSB publishes two-year research strategy

29 September 2017

BSB publishes two-year research strategy

BSB appoints new pool of Authorisation Review Panel members and an advisory expert

26 September 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced eight appointments to its pool of Authorisations Review panellists and one to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

Khawar Qureshi QC: Statement by the BSB

19 September 2017

Khawar Qureshi QC: Statement by the BSB

BSB opens recruitment for Governance, Risk and Audit (GRA) Committee Barrister Member

23 August 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has begun the process to recruit a new barrister member for the Governance, Risk and Audit (GRA) Committee.

Bogus emails purporting to come from the BSB

16 August 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been made aware of a number of bogus emails purporting to come from the BSB and inviting the reader to click on a hyperlink for details of a supposed invoice. 

Translations available for guidance on immigration and asylum related legal issues

10 August 2017

Following the publication of our guidance for professionals and the public on immigration and asylum issues in June 2017, translated versions are now available

BSB increases efficiency in handling complaints

01 August 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its  Enforcement Annual Report  for 2016-17.

The BSB reports on its work during 2016-17

01 August 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its latest annual report summarising its achievements during the 2016-17 business year.

Unregistered barrister Chukwuma Emele disbarred for dishonest conduct when practising as a solicitor and for failing to declare this when being called to the Bar

17 July 2017

Unregistered barrister Chukwuma Emele was ordered to be disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales at an independent disciplinary tribunal hearing held on Friday 14 July, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board.

Barristers are serving family law clients well, says new BSB research

11 July 2017

The BSB has today published the findings of its research with people who have used barristers' services during family legal proceedings. The findings show that most of those who took part in the research were positive about the service they received from their barrister.

BSB opens recruitment for lay Chair and lay Board members

05 July 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has begun the process to recruit a new Chair to succeed Sir Andrew Burns KCMG whose term of office ends on 31 December 2017. It is also seeking three new lay Board members to take up position at the same time.

New guidance for the public and for professionals on immigration and asylum related legal issues

30 June 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published two new guidance documents on immigration and asylum issues. 

BSB outlines its plan to act on CMA recommendations

29 June 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its plan to address the recommendations contained in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) report into legal services.

BSB issues consultation on simplifying the Public and Licensed Access Rules

26 June 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new consultation on potential changes to the rules governing the Public and Licensed Access schemes for barristers. 

BSB invites tenders for an internal auditor

23 June 2017

The BSB has today invited tenders from providers of internal auditing services for the next three-and-a-half-year period from 2017 until 2021.

Becoming a barrister remains highly competitive, new report shows

19 June 2017

The BSB has today published the third annual edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

BSB publishes consultation on new declaration rules for barristers

12 June 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a consultation on a new set of proposals to require barristers to declare a range of information about their practice to the regulator every year when applying for their practising certificate. This also includes new and returning barristers.

Oliver Zachary White ordered to be suspended for a total of two years for several practice failings

09 June 2017

Oliver Zachary White will be unable to practise as a barrister in England and Wales for the next two years, because he has been ordered to be suspended by two separate independent disciplinary tribunals for a number of different failings in his practice.

Unregistered barristers Benjamin and Isaac Marrache disbarred, following convictions for fraud in Gibraltar

09 June 2017

Unregistered barristers and brothers Benjamin and Isaac Marrache were ordered to be disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales at two separate independent disciplinary tribunal hearings yesterday, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board.

Innovation happening, but no strong need to change the traditional chambers model, say respondents to BSB survey

30 May 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its report into the provision of legal services by barristers. The report contains the results of an online survey conducted in September and October 2016 with barristers about the future delivery of legal services.

BSB to appoint new Chair from 2018

26 May 2017

The Bar Standards Board is to seek a new Chair to take office after the term of the current Chair, Sir Andrew Burns KCMG, expires in December 2017.

BSB proposes change to its rules to require chambers to allow all self-employed barristers access to parental leave

26 May 2017

At its meeting last night, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) agreed to change the equality rules to enable all self-employed barristers in chambers to take parental leave, regardless of whether their spouse or partner takes parental leave.

Peter Richard Collins disbarred for dishonestly withholding fees from his chambers

19 May 2017

Barrister Peter Richard Collins was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held yesterday, following charges brought by the regulator.

Senior legal academic sought to help reform the education and training of the Bar

08 May 2017

The Bar Standards Board, the independent regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking a new member for its Education and Training Committee. We are currently reforming the education and training for the Bar, through our Future Bar Training Programme, and this is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future landscape of training for the Bar.

BSB recruits for members of APEX and review panels

03 May 2017

The BSB is seeking applications for members of its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX) and Review Panels.

BSB consults on changing the standard of proof used in professional misconduct proceedings for barristers

02 May 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new consultation about the standard of proof applied when barristers and others regulated by the BSB face disciplinary proceedings for professional misconduct.

Barrister Sellappah Job Joseph suspended for 12 months for conducting litigation when not authorised to do so

26 April 2017

Barrister Sellappah Job Joseph was suspended for 12 months by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held yesterday following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Unregistered barrister Mahnoor Choudhury disbarred for stealing money from her employer and her colleagues

19 April 2017

Mahnoor Choudhury was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held earlier today following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Barrister Henry Hendron suspended for three years following criminal convictions for supplying illegal drugs

06 April 2017

Barrister Henry Hendron was suspended for three years by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on Wednesday, 5 April 2017.

Bar Standards Board opens for ABS authorisations

03 April 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has from today begun licensing Alternative Business Structures (ABSs).

BSB publishes its 2017-18 Business Plan

31 March 2017

The barristers' regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has today published its  2017-18 Business Plan

BSB announces decision on the future of Bar training

24 March 2017

The BSB has decided that it will authorise a limited number of future training routes for prospective students to qualify as barristers. One of these is likely to be a new training course, which has been proposed by the Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) and the Bar Council. The Board also agreed a Policy Statement setting out its vision for the future of Bar training.

Schemes allowing barristers to receive instructions without solicitors are working well, BSB’s latest review finds

15 March 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published the results of a review into the Public and Licensed Access schemes. These schemes allow members of the public and other lay clients to instruct barristers directly without first instructing a solicitor or other intermediary.

BSB announces new regulatory approach to improve advocacy standards within Youth Courts

24 February 2017

At its Board meeting last night, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) agreed new measures to improve standards of advocacy within Youth Courts.

Barrister Omar Mohammed Khan disbarred for conspiring to supply cocaine

24 February 2017

Barrister Omar Khan was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing on Friday 24 February, following his conviction for conspiring to supply a controlled drug of Class A (cocaine).

Unregistered barrister Rajesh Babajee disbarred for misappropriating client funds as a solicitor

17 February 2017

Unregistered barrister Rajesh Babajee was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing on Thursday 16 February, following his striking-off as a solicitor in April last year.

Barrister Sanjay Roy disbarred following conviction for putting a woman in fear of violence by harassment

17 February 2017

Barrister Sanjay Roy was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal, at a hearing held on Friday, 17 February 2017.

BSB invites tenders from recruitment specialists to help with appointments

14 February 2017

The BSB has today invited tenders from recruitment specialists to help it with a number of appointments due within the organisation over the next two to three years.

BSB publishes two-year equality and diversity strategy

10 February 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Equality and Diversity Strategy for 2017-2019. This follows the publication of its  Diversity at the Bar Report

BSB report shows diversity at the Bar heading slowly in the right direction but that further progress is needed

27 January 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on Diversity at the Bar. The report shows that progress was made in 2016 with regard to both diversity at the Bar itself and to the disclosure rates of barristers providing data.

BSB approves new governance principles and agrees to simplify decision-making

27 January 2017

At its meeting on Thursday 26 January, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) agreed a new set of governance principles.

REMINDER: All pupillages must be advertised on the Pupillage Gateway

20 January 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) reminds members of the Bar that pupillages must be advertised on the Pupillage Gateway

Vanessa Gibson-Marks disbarred following conviction for theft

17 January 2017

St Vincent and the Grenadines-based unregistered barrister Vanessa Gibson-Marks was ordered to be disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on Monday, 16 January 2017. The order follows charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB adds three barristers to pool of advisory experts

21 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board has today announced three new appointments to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX), a group of specialists who will provide independent advice on the regulator's work.

BSB opening hours over the 2016-17 festive period

16 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board's offices will be closed from midday Thursday 22 December 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

BSB statement on the CMA report into the legal services market

15 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has welcomed the Competition and Markets Authority's report following its market study into the supply of legal services in England and Wales.

New regime for barristers’ CPD starts 1 January: BSB publishes guidance and template

13 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published guidance and a template to help practising barristers of more than three years' standing comply with the new CPD scheme, which starts on 1 January 2017. 

Barrister Jonathan Simpson suspended for 12 months following conviction for stalking

12 December 2016

Barrister Jonathan Simpson was suspended for 12 months by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday, 12 December, following a charge brought by the Bar's regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB welcomes Ministry of Justice review into youth justice

12 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) welcomes the Ministry of Justice's  review into youth justice

Unregistered barrister Philip Pawson disbarred for dishonesty

08 December 2016

Unregistered barrister Philip Pawson was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Wednesday 7 December, following charges brought by the barristers' regulator.

Note about an email scam targeting barristers

02 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been made aware this morning about a bogus email targeting barristers.

BSB extends Future Bar Training consultation to include a new proposal from COIC and the Bar Council

01 December 2016

On 3 October, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) issued a consultation document outlining three possible approaches towards the future of Bar training.

We are recruiting an Assistant Chief Examiner, Criminal Litigation

28 November 2016

Assistant Chief Examiner, Criminal Litigation

BSB appoints new pool of advisory experts

25 November 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the first appointments to its new Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

New Board members for the Bar Standards Board

25 November 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of three new lay Board members.

New tribunal hearing disbars barrister Tariq Rehman

24 November 2016

Tariq Rehman, an immigration barrister and Head of Chambers at Kings Court Chambers in Birmingham, was ordered to be disbarred at an independent disciplinary hearing on Wednesday, 23 November, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of the Bar.

BSB seeks views on shared parental leave for self-employed barristers

22 November 2016

"Should self-employed barristers enjoy similar rights to shared parental leave as employed barristers?" the Bar Standards Board (BSB) asks in a consultation launched today.

Barrister Tariq Rehman is permanently banned from public access work and suspended for a further 27 months

15 November 2016

Barrister Tariq Rehman was permanently banned from accepting public access instructions, and suspended for a total 27 months at an independent disciplinary hearing on Monday, 14 November, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Unregistered barrister Mujibur Ibrahim disbarred, following conviction of theft

08 November 2016

Unregistered barrister Mujibur Ibrahim was ordered to be disbarred by an independent Disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday, 7 November, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Barrister Tariq Rehman suspended for delaying refund payments to clients

04 November 2016

Barrister Tariq Rehman was suspended for a total of 14 months by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Wednesday, 2 November, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Barrister Michael Roberts disbarred, following criminal conviction for tax evasion

02 November 2016

Barrister Michael Charles Roberts was ordered to be disbarred by an independent Disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Friday 28 October, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Research shows room for improvement on Client Care Letters

02 November 2016

New research commissioned by legal regulators and the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) has identified principles to help lawyers better communicate with their clients.

The BSB is recruiting lay members for its Professional Conduct Committee

28 October 2016

The Bar Standards Board, the independent regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking new members for its Professional Conduct Committee.

Unregistered barrister Ian Millard disbarred, following seriously offensive tweets

28 October 2016

Unregistered barrister Ian Millard was ordered to be disbarred by an independent Disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Thursday 27 October, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Unregistered barrister Mohammed Shafee Shaikh disbarred following conviction for import duty evasion

11 October 2016

Unregistered barrister Mohammed Shafee Shaikh was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday 10 October, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Legal Experts needed

03 October 2016

The Bar Standards Board, the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking five members of a new Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

Do you have a view on the future of Bar training? If so, the BSB would like to hear from you

03 October 2016

In a consultation paper launched today, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) outlines three possible approaches for the future training of barristers.

Bar regulator’s complaints-handling process is thorough and fair, says Independent Observer

30 September 2016

The way in which the Bar Standards Board (BSB) deals with complaints against barristers and handles disciplinary proceedings is thorough and fair, says the Independent Observer's latest report, published today.

Unregistered barrister Dr Peter Barnett disbarred following fraud convictions for fare evasion

27 September 2016

Dr Peter Barnett was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday 26 September 2016, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

BSB publishes Professional Statement for Barristers

21 September 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a revised version of the Professional Statement, which now includes the Threshold Standard and Competences. It sets out in more detail the skills, knowledge and attributes which barristers are expected to have on "day one" of being issued with a practising certificate.

Farewell to outgoing BSB Director of Education and Training

15 September 2016

The regulator's Director of Education and Training, Dr Simon Thornton-Wood will leave the organisation on Friday, 16 September 2016.

Bar regulator launches survey on the future of legal services delivery

08 September 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched an online survey into how legal services are being delivered by barristers.

Records Department availability 12.9.16

08 September 2016

Records Department availability

BSB prepares to carry out interventions for ABSs

06 September 2016

The BSB has been approved by the Legal Services Board to become a licensing body for alternative business structures (ABSs). It plans to commence its authorisation this autumn. As part of the establishment of the framework that supports the regulation of ABSs, the BSB will gain the statutory power of intervention for ABSs. 

New BSB report shows more targeted use of enforcement powers

08 August 2016

The Bar Standards Board has, today, published its Enforcement Annual Report for 2015-16. This report provides an overview of the regulator's enforcement work during the year and includes a number of statistics about the volume and outcome of complaints of professional misconduct about barristers.

The BSB highlights progress made in its Annual Report 2015-16

02 August 2016

The BSB has published its latest annual report, which summarises its achievements during the 2015-16 business year and during the course of its last three-year strategic plan which concluded on 31 March 2016.

Experts needed

27 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board, the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking seven members of a new Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

Unregistered barrister Khalil Hosenbux suspended for providing immigration services when suspended from doing so

27 July 2016

An independent disciplinary tribunal has ordered Mr Khalil Hosenbux to be suspended from practising as a barrister for three months.

Bar regulator seeks potential ABS for pilot; publishes case studies for authorised bodies

14 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is preparing to begin authorising Alternative Business Structures (ABS) later this year, subject to the Lord Chancellor's approval.

Bar regulator to address unfair treatment of women at the Bar

12 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board will be writing to every multi-tenant chambers across the country to seek their help in improving compliance with the Equality Rules, following the BSB's recent survey of women at the Bar.

Recruitment of Lay Members of the Bar Standards Board

08 July 2016

Recruitment of Lay Members of the Bar Standards Board 2016

Bar Standards Board welcomes CMA report into legal services

08 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board today welcomed the interim report from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Bar regulator hosts lively debate on Future Bar Training options

08 July 2016

The BSB hosted a lively debate last night about the future of Bar training. The debate considered the three proposed options for future routes to qualification as a barrister. 

BSB announces the appointment of a new Chair and lay members of the Independent Appointments Panel.

05 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board announces the appointment of a new Chair and lay members of the Independent Appointments Panel. The new Chair is Stephen Redmond. The two new members are Jacqui Francis and Bronwen Curtis CBE. 

Unregistered barrister Tiyani Behanzin suspended for failing to cooperate with the regulator

29 June 2016

An independent disciplinary tribunal has ordered Tiyani Behanzin, an unregistered barrister, to be suspended for a minimum of 12 months until he pays outstanding financial orders. As a result, he is not entitled to hold a practising certificate in this period. 

BSB statement following the EU referendum result

24 June 2016

BSB statement following today's EU referendum result

Yawar Shah disbarred for dishonesty, following conviction for mortgage fraud

16 June 2016

Unregistered barrister Yawar Shah was ordered to be disbarred this week by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following his criminal convictions on two counts of conspiracy to defraud in 2013.

Barrister Damian McCarthy disbarred following retrial

10 June 2016

An independent disciplinary tribunal yesterday ordered barrister Damian McCarthy to be disbarred for dishonesty.

The Bar regulator to host debate on the Future Bar Training options

08 June 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is set to hostThe Future Bar Training debate next month. The debate will be a forum to discuss the options for how best to structure the process by which students can qualify as barristers.

Lloyd Aneke disbarred following reckless and improper stewardship of client money

26 May 2016

Unregistered barrister Lloyd Aneke was ordered to be disbarred on Wednesday by an independent disciplinary tribunal following his strike-off as a solicitor for recklessly and improperly handling client money.

BSB seeks Assistant Chief Examiner, Civil Litigation

23 May 2016

BSB seeks Assistant Chief Examiner, Civil Litigation

BSB seeks Examination question writers, markers and standard setters

23 May 2016

BSB seeks Examination question writers, markers and standard setters

BSB conducts thematic review on immigration services, adopts recommendations

20 May 2016

The BSB has today published the Immigration Thematic Review Report, which summarises the risks in the immigration advice and services market.

BSB seeks to improve advocacy standards within the Youth Court

20 May 2016

The Bar regulator has today announced proposals to improve advocacy standards in youth court proceedings following  research commissioned by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and CILEx Regulation last year

Email alert from the Bar Council

20 May 2016

Bar Council email alert