Submitted to the Bar Standards Board, which validates and monitors BVC providers, the Wood Report has recommended a variety of changes to the course. These recommendations include an increased focus on professional ethics, advocacy and dispute resolution and the introduction of an aptitude test for those applying to take the course. In addition, the Wood Report has recommended that centrally set and marked examinations be introduced which would be overseen by a BSB-established Board of Examiners.
Commenting on the report, Duncan Matthews QC, Chairman of the Bar Council's Neuberger Monitoring and Implementation Group, said:
"We are grateful to Derek Wood QC and his team for the timely delivery of this report and for giving careful consideration to LordNeuberger's recommendations. The Monitoring and Implementation group will examine it closely in the coming weeks and make further representations as appropriate to ensure that entry to the Bar is and is seen to be on merit alone."