21 August 2019

Pilot harassment support scheme waiver guidance

We have recently published new guidance to allow pilot schemes under which groups of properly trained barristers can seek permission for the requirement to report harassment directly to the BSB to be waived in certain clearly defined situations. This is in response to concerns that the reporting requirement may prevent the provision of support and guidance to those who may have experienced harassment.

Under the new arrangements, being granted a waiver from the duty to report exempts individual barristers - but only if they are properly trained and participate in identified support programmes - so that they can provide advice and support to a person who may have experienced harassment.

Organisations whose individual advisers have been granted the waiver have to put in place anonymised records collection to share with us at regular intervals to inform our understanding of the risks and outcomes of these pilots.