15 September 2019

Blog: Monthly message from our Chair Sir Andrew Burns KCMG

Last month, along with the other legal regulators, we published our action plan in response to the report into legal services by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Our plan focuses on improving standards of consumer transparency as to the services provided by barristers, your fees and the availability of redress. These are topics to which we are likely to return in future editions of Regulatory Update, because our plan emphasises the need for us to engage closely with you as we develop our proposals over the next few months. We will be issuing a full consultation in the autumn and, in due course, we will be seeking volunteers from the public access and family law Bars to participate in pilot schemes.

In this edition of Regulatory Update, we also cover the following:

  • Our new consultation on simplifying the Public and Licensed Access Rules;
  • Our consultation on a new set of proposals regarding the information for which we ask when you apply for your practising certificate;
  • Our latest data about student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course; and
  • Our new guidance for the public and for professionals on immigration and asylum related legal issues.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who attended our recent "Future Bar Training: Next Steps" event on a stiflingly hot evening in London last month. It was a stimulating discussion about the role of our proposed new Authorisation Framework in promoting equality and diversity in Bar training, the teaching of ethics, and our current review of pupillage. In case you missed it when we broadcast the evening live on our Facebook channel, you can also watch a recording of the event on our website.