Bar Standards Board
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.
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 Sir Andrew Burns KCMG who joined in January 2015. The vice-chair, since January 2016, is Naomi Ellenbogen QC, Joint Head of Littleton Chambers. She replaced Patricia Robertson QC.
Members of the BSB's board as of January 2016 are:
Barrister Members: Mr Aidan Christie QC Ms Justine Davidge Ms Judith Farbey QC Mr Andrew Mitchell QC Mr Adam Solomon Ms Anupama Thompson
Lay Members: Ms Rolande Anderson Mr Rob Behrens CBE Dr Malcolm Cohen JP Mr Tim Robinson Professor Andrew Sanders Dr Anne Wright CBE Ms Nicola Sawford
Special Advisers: Ms Emily Windsor Keith Baldwin
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