21 August 2019

Blog: Monthly message from our Chair Sir Andrew Burns KCMG

The official launch of our Strategic Plan for 2016-2019 and Risk Outlook was held on 12 April. More than 100 attendees came to participate in a discussion about the future of regulation for the Bar. We held three separate workshops to discuss our strategic themes, which are: how can we help those whom we regulate to meet unmet consumer need, how can we address the issues of possible discrimination and lack of diversity at the Bar, and how can we address commercial pressures on providers.  After the workshops, we had an open forum to allow each group to tell us what they thought the issues were that related to each of the risk themes. We will soon publish a report summarising the discussion, but we also had a number of enthusiastic attendees who contributed to the discussion on Twitter, using the hashtag #BSBStrategicPlan. A panel comprising of four of our Board members, Naomi Ellenbogen QC, Judith Farbey QC, Justine Davidge and Nicola Sawford took questions and comments from the audience.

As I said in my speech, the Risk Outlook is a living document and we will continue to scan the horizon on issues that affect the regulation of the Bar. If you would like to continue the discussion, do please get in touch by email contactus@barstandardsboard.org.uk, or give us your thoughts on Twitter, using the hashtag #BSBStrategicPlan.