Making Way for Change at the Bar: The Practical Implications of the New Bar Standards Board Handbook
Mason, M., 2015. Making way for change at the Bar: The practical implications of the new Bar Standards Board Handbook. Journal of Professional Negligence, 31(3), pp.139-155.
Posted: 5 Jul 2016
Date Written: July 4, 2016
The Legal Services Act 2007 caused a need to change professional conduct rules for lawyers in England and Wales. The Bar Standards Board Handbook brings substantial changes to the way barristers are regulated. Changes include litigation rights, reporting of professional misconduct, an increased focus on chambers, and expansion to include employees of chambers and barristers without practicing certificates (unregistered or non-practicing barristers). The approach to enforcement and supervision moves to include elements of outcome focused, principle based and risk based approaches. These changes have the potential to change the practice of different groups of barristers and the dynamics between them.
Keywords: Legal Services, Regulation, Legal Service Act, Barristers, Lawyers, Legal Profession, Professions
JEL Classification: K00, K23, K40, L49, L80
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