Bar Standards Board

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The Bar Standards Board regulates barristers in England and Wales in the public interest.

It is responsible for:

  • Setting standards of conduct for barristers and authorising barristers to practise;
  • Monitoring the service provided by barristers to assure quality;
  • Setting the education and training requirements for becoming a barrister as well as setting continuing training requirements to ensure that barristers’ skills are maintained throughout their careers; and
  • Handling complaints against barristers and taking enforcement or other action where appropriate

The BSB's functions were originally carried out by the Bar Council, the barristers' representative body, until 2006 when the Bar Council created the BSB as an independent regulator. However the Legal Services Board has questioned the independence of the BSB from the Bar Council.[1]

The BSB's governing board meets monthly at its headquarters in High Holborn, London, and holds public and private sessions. It has a majority of lay (non-barrister) members and the remainder are barristers. Its chair is Baroness Deech QC Hon, who stands down in December 2014. On 1 January 2015 Sir Andrew Burns KCMG will become Chair of the BSB. The vice-chair, from January 2013, is Patricia Robertson QC, a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers. She replaced Sir Geoffrey Nice.

Members of the BSB's board as of August 2014[2] are:

Barrister Members:

  • Ms Sarah Clarke
  • Ms Justine Davidge
  • Mr Simon Lofthouse QC
  • Mr Sam Stein QC
  • Vacancy

Lay Members:

  • Ms Rolande Anderson
  • Mr Rob Behrens
  • Dr Malcolm Cohen JP
  • Mr Tim Robinson
  • Professor Andrew Sanders
  • Mr Richard Thompson
  • Dr Anne Wright
  • Vacancy

Special Advisers

  • Ms Sarah Brown
  • Mr Matthew Nicklin QC
  • Ms Emily Windsor

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brothers In Arms?" Legalfutures.co.uk, 13 December 2013. (Retrieved 18 December 2013.)
  2. ^ "BSB board members". Bar Standards Board. 

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