03 December 2013

Barristers’ CPD obligations to change with immediate effect

  • Barristers no longer have to return their CPD cards to the BSB; 
  • All barristers must still undertake their CPD hours and keep their record cards;
  • The BSB will conduct random spot-checks of barristers' CPD record cards.

Barristers no longer have to return CPD record cards to the BSB, but must still undertake their set number of hours and keep their record cards up-to-date.

The BSB will conduct random spot-checks of CPD cards and those barristers selected must produce their record card for assessment. Barristers may also be selected for spot-checking if they have a history of non-compliance with CPD obligations or other regulatory requirements.

Any barrister who has failed to undertake their required hours will need to complete their outstanding hours. If they still fail to do so they may be referred to the BSB's Professional Conduct Department for enforcement action.

This affects all practising barristers: whether undertaking CPD through the Established Practitioner Programme (i.e., those with more than three years' practising experience) or the New Practitioners Programme (i.e., those with fewer than three years' practising experience).

Head of Quality at the Bar Standards Board, Oliver Hanmer, said: "This is a move towards smarter regulation. By no longer requiring barristers to return record cards for inspection, we can save time and money but most importantly focus our resources on the small number of barristers who do not keep their training up-to-date.

Our aim is to become a more modern and efficient regulator which focusses on proportionate, evidence-based regulatory activity."

The BSB will no longer be processing CPD record cards - including those that have already been submitted. Please note that even if barristers have submitted their 2013 record card and received an email confirmation from the BSB, they may still be selected for spot-checking

For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/1i8ItyG or email cpdrecords@barstandardsboard.org.uk


Notes to editors 

Contact: the Bar Standards Board Press Office on 02076111452.