15 September 2019

Please share your views on our proposals to modernise our regulatory decision-making

We have recently launched a new consultation seeking views on the final phase of the Governance Reform outlined in our 2016-19 Strategic Plan. We now propose to change how we deal with the information we receive as the regulator and to revise our decision-making structures in relation to professional conduct issues. 

In our consultation paper, we propose the establishment of a new Independent Decision-Making Body (IDB) consisting of a pool of 30 lay and barrister members from which panels of three or more will be nominated to take individual regulatory decisions. Under the plan, the IDB will replace our Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) which currently consists of 32 lay and barrister members.

BSB Director-General Dr Vanessa Davies says: "We outlined the proposals we announced  when we published our Strategic Plan in 2016. They are a major and final component of our modernisation of the BSB in the public interest. It is important that we deal with information we receive and take individual regulatory decisions as consistently and efficiently as possible, while continuing to ensure that the decisions we make are the right ones. We think that these proposals reflect this balance and we want to know what barristers and other interested parties think. We encourage people to respond to our consultation and share their views with us."

The IDB would also take over the role of the current Authorisations Review Panels in dealing with challenges to staff decisions on individual applications for authorisation and waivers from Handbook requirements.

The consultation closes on 31 May 2018 and can be found on our website.