The Bar Standards Board (BSB) regulates practising barristers, pupils, unregistered barristers, certain specialised legal services businesses (known as BSB entities) and European lawyers registered with them.
The BSB is responsible for:
- Setting the education and training requirements for becoming a barrister;
- Setting continuing training requirements to ensure that barristers’ skills are maintained throughout their careers;
- Setting standards of conduct for barristers
- Authorising organisations that focus on advocacy, litigation, and specialist legal advice;
- Monitoring the service provided by barristers and authorised organisations to ensure they meet BSB requirements; and
- Considering reported concerns about barristers and authorised organisations and taking enforcement or other action where appropriate.