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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.