21 September 2019


The finding of a disciplinary tribunal and/or the sentence can be appealed to the High Court, which will make a decision independently of the Bar Standards Board.

Appeal hearings normally happen at the Royal Courts of Justice. If you want to attend an appeal hearing, we can give you the Court's number so that you can find the details of the hearing.

Appeal hearings can last for a couple of hours to a full day, or sometimes longer. They are relatively formal and start with whoever asked for the appeal (usually a barrister) speaking first, followed by the other side (usually the Bar Standards Board).

At the end of an appeal hearing, the Judge usually gives his or her decision and the reasons for it. In some cases, the Judge will not give a decision until later on, so that detailed reasons can be given. This is known as a reserved decision.

If you want to see the decisions given in some previous appeals, you can find them on this page.

If you have any more questions about appeals, please contact our Professional Conduct Department of the Bar Standards Board on 0207 611 1444.