23 September 2019

New board members for the Bar Standards Board, the regulator is proud to announce

2 September 2015

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

The new board members are:

  • Judith Farbey QC;
  • Naomi Ellenbogen QC; and
  • Aidan Christie QC.

The Board is made up of 15 people, eight of whom are not barristers; a lay majority. The new appointments fill current or imminent vacancies, and help us ensure we have expert input from the profession into our independent public interest regulation. Information about all of our Board members is available on our website.

Chair of the BSB, Sir Andrew Burns said: "These three new appointments will add expertise, dedication, energy and experience to the existing board. I look forward to forming a happy and productive working relationship with them, particularly at a time when we are considering the BSB's strategic plan for the next five years."

The incoming board members were selected from a wide field of strong candidates by an independent panel, chaired by Dr Kenneth Fleming.

Speaking about the appointments Dr Fleming said: "The panel interviewed a variety of engaged and experienced candidates in a competitive and fair selection process. We are delighted that Judith, Naomi and Aidan have accepted our respective offers of the roles."

Mr Christie QC and Ms Ellenbogen QC will take up their appointments from 15 September; and Ms Farbey QC from 1 January 2016.


Notes to editors

Judith Farbey QC

Judith was Called to the Bar in 1992 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2011. She is a member of Doughty Street Chambers where she specialises in public and administrative law. Her work includes judicial review, civil claims involving public bodies and advisory work for clients seeking to avoid litigation. She undertakes cases raising European and international human rights law. Her specialist immigration practice includes all aspects of Tier 2 and Tier 4 of the Points Based System for individual and corporate clients. Her nationality law practice extends to prisoners abroad on death row. The author of numerous journal articles on immigration law, she is a co-author of the third edition of the Law of Habeas Corpus (OUP, 2011). She was the first winner of the Pro Bono Award in 1997.

Naomi Ellenbogen QC

Naomi was Called to the Bar in 1992 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2010. In 2011, she was appointed Barrister Vice-Chairman of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board, having been a member of that committee since 2005. Naomi is Joint Head of Littleton Chambers, specialising in Employment, Commercial and Professional Negligence Law. She is an accredited mediator and General Editor ofButterworths Employment Law: Practice, Procedure & Precedents, Fifth Edition.Naomi is a member of the Training and Accreditation Committee of the Advocacy Training Council. She is a Bencher of Gray's Inn.

Aidan Christie QC

Aidan was Called to the Bar in 1988 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2008. He was appointed a Recorder on the south-eastern circuit in 2009 sitting in crime and in 2012 he was appointed an Acting Deemster in the High Court of the Isle of Man for both civil and criminal matters. He became a member of the Professional Conduct Committee in 2011 and Barrister Vice-Chair in 2014. He practises in commercial law with particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance disputes.

About Dr Kenneth Fleming and the Independent Appointments Panel

The BSB delegates the recruitment process for the Chair and members of the Board to an independent appointments panel. This is currently chaired by Dr Kenneth Fleming. Dr Fleming is currently Pathology Adviser to the Centre for Global Health at the National Cancer Institute in Washington. He has chaired the Independent Appointments Panel since 2010.

For more information about the Independent Appointments Panel see the Constitution of the BSB (page 9): http://bit.ly/W7ifWx

About the Bar Standards Board

For more information about our existing board members, visit: http://bit.ly/1oWuCyE

Our mission is to regulate the Bar so as to promote high standards of practice and safeguard clients and the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t

Contact:For all media enquiries call: 0207 611 1452 or email Press@barstandardsboard.org.uk