The Bar Standards Board has apologised for the “inordinately slow” progress in implementing Legal Services Act changes that will enable barristers to practice in novel ways, as it set out a timetable for broadening its reach into entity regulation.
Two barristers have been disbarred for repeatedly refusing to pay a total of almost £12,000 between them in fines and costs. Meanwhile, In a separate ruling, a tribunal disbarred another barrister for conduct representing a “persistent departure from the standards expected of a barrister”.
The Bar Standards Board is to launch a ‘professional statement’ which, like the ‘competence statement’ being developed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, will attempt to describe the knowledge and skills barristers should possess at the point of qualification.
Just 129 barristers have so far taken up the opportunity to conduct litigation since the restriction was removed in January, it has emerged, but one of the first to do it has described the move as “a real opportunity for the Bar”.
The Bar Standards Board is facing a bill for over £100,000 after the Court of Appeal ruled that there was no need for it to be separately represented at the hearing of a judicial review against the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) launched its ‘future Bar training’ programme this morning, which includes “considering the future of the Bar Professional Training Course” (BPTC).
The Legal Services Board must “knock heads together” to replace the criminal burden of proof in disciplinary proceedings involving solicitors and barristers with the civil standard, the chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said.
At the beginning of the year we launched a whole new strategy for supervising chambers – based on identifying existing risks in the way in which chambers run their businesses and responding proportionately. In my many years at the Bar Standards Board (BSB), this is a different way of doing things, done by a fresh team.
Regulators should consider introducing a third-party review system of administrative decisions as a way to ward off the threat of expensive judicial reviews (JRs), a report by City law firm Devonshires has recommended.
The Bar Standards Board has told three chambers with financial problems to “prepare emergency plans” to minimise the impact on clients should they be forced to close.