27 July 2012


The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has welcomed the publication of the Final Report of the COIC Disciplinary Tribunal and Hearings Review Group, chaired by Desmond Browne QC.

BSB Chair Ruth Deech said: 'The publication of the COIC tribunal review report is a vital step in assuring the public and the profession that the disciplinary arrangements for the Bar of England and Wales are open and transparent.

'The BSB will continue to work with COIC as it implements the recommendations contained in the report. The improvements brought about by full implementation of the recommendations will cement the creation of an independent and modern hearings service, operating fairly, transparently and efficiently in the public interest.'

[UPDATE, FEB 2014:  COIC tribunals review: progress update]


Notes to Editors

1. The report is available on the Gray's Inn website. The BSB understands that the report will shortly be available on the websites of all of the Inns of Court.

2. Further information from the Bar Standards Board Press Office on 020 7611 1452.

3. The Bar Standards Board regulates barristers called to the Bar in England and Wales in the public interest.

It is responsible for:

  • Setting the education and training requirements for becoming a barrister
  • Setting continuing training requirements to ensure that barristers' skills are maintained throughout their careers
  • Setting standards of conduct for barristers
  • Monitoring the service provided by barristers to assure quality, and
  • Handling complaints against barristers and taking disciplinary or other action where appropriate.