07 January 2014

Reminder: Barristers no longer have to return CPD cards to the BSB

  • Barristers no longer have to return their CPD cards to the BSB; 
  • BSB will not acknowledge record cards sent in; 
  • All barristers must still undertake CPD hours and keep their record cards;
  • The BSB will conduct random spot-checks of barristers' CPD record cards.

Barristers are reminded that, following changes announced last month, they no longer have to return CPD record cards to the BSB. However, they must still undertake their set number of hours and keep their record cards up-to-date.

Barristers must keep hold of their record cards and produce these for spot-checking, if requested to do so by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

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. Barristers may also be selected for spot-checking if they have a history of non-compliance with CPD obligations or other regulatory requirements. 

The BSB will no longer be processing CPD record cards - including those that have already been submitted. Those who continue to send in their record cards will not receive an email confirmation from the BSB. 

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.

The change affects all practising barristers: whether undertaking CPD through the Established Practitioners' 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). 

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 0207 6111 452.