19 September 2014

New board members for the Bar Standards Board

19 November 2014

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of three new board members - one lay person and two barristers - who will take up their respective positions in 2015.

The new board members are:

  • Nicola Sawford;
  • Adam Solomon; and
  • Andrew Mitchell QC

Chair of the Bar Standards Board, Baroness Ruth Deech QC (Hon) said: "These three new appointments will add a fresh injection of energy, bolstering the rich range of talent and experience our members already bring. Though I am saddened that I will not be in post to see them join our talented team, I remain ever confident that I leave the board in very capable hands."

The incoming board members were selected following a rigorous recruitment process undertaken by an independent appointments 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 Nicola, Adam, and Andrew have accepted our respective offers of the roles."

Mr Mitchell and Mr Solomon will join the BSB at the beginning of January 2015; Ms Sawford will start later, in September that year.

Keith Baldwin has been appointed as a Special Advisor to the board, and is due to serve from 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2016. This appointment is to assist with the board's activities - particularly those centred on finance and efficiency, and major IT projects. If a lay board member vacancy should arise between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2016, this will be offered to Keith.

Sir Andrew Burns KCMG will serve as the new Chair of the BSB with effect from 1 January 2015. He succeeds Baroness Ruth Deech QC (Hon) whose maximum possible six year term of office will finish at the end of 2014. He is due to serve for an initial term of three years.


Notes to editors

About Andrew Mitchell QC

Andrew Mitchell QC was called to the Bar in 1992 and took silk in 2011. He specialises in commercial and civil litigation and arbitration. His practice is predominantly in the fields of banking, financial services, professional negligence, professional and financial regulation, and (re)insurance law, with a significant international element.  He is a member of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR), and also an accredited Mediator.  He is a member of Fountain Court Chambers where he chairs the Administration/Finance Committee and is currently an experienced member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board, on which he has sat since 2010.

About Nicola Sawford

Nicola Sawford has been Chief Executive at Serle Court, one of the leading commercial and chancery barristers' chambers, for over ten years. She is a qualified chartered accountant and prior to joining Serle Court worked in various sectors including telecommunications, retail, media and financial services. She is a trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee at Changing Faces UK, a charity which supports and represents people who have conditions or injuries which affect their appearance. She is also an Executive Committee Member at the Legal Practice Management Association.

About Adam Solomon

Adam Solomon read English Literature at Exeter College, Oxford, graduating in 1992, and read for a Master's degree in Critical Theory at Sussex University, graduating in 1994. He took a law conversion course at City University, which he completed in 1997.  Prior to being called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1998, Adam worked briefly in the European Commission in Brussels, and even more briefly as a school master at Worksop College. Since 2000, Adam has been a Trustee and Director of Law for All (now in administration), a charity committed to providing access to justice for those who might otherwise be denied it. Prior to 2007, Adam practised at Cloisters, and since then he has been a barrister at Littleton Chambers, specialising in commercial, employment and regulatory law.  

About Keith Baldwin

Keith Baldwin has extensive experience of working at Board level, in both public and private sectors, from his 20 years as a management consultancy partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and his more recent non-executive roles. His current roles include a position as an Independent Advisor to the National Assembly for Wales Commission and member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, Member of Council at the National Army Museum and member of the Audit Committee, and Trustee, Board member and member of the Audit Committee at CVQO Ltd (which delivers vocational qualifications to members of youth organisations). Keith is currently a member of the Planning, Resources and Performance Committee and the Qualifications Committee at the Bar Standards Board.

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 the Director of International Affairs for the Royal College of Pathologists and 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 .