Barristers no longer have to return their CPD cards to the regulator

The administration of the BSB’s approach to monitoring compliance with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is changing with immediate effect.

Barristers are no longer required to return CPD record cards to the Bar Standards Board (BSB).


This affects all practising barristers: whether undertaking CPD through the Established Practitioner Programme (i.e., those with more than three years’ practising experience) and the New Practitioners Programme (i.e., those with fewer than three years’ practising experience).

All barristers are still required to undertake their set number of hours and keep their record cards.

The BSB will conduct random spot-checks of barristers’ CPD and will ask those barristers who are sampled to provide their CPD record card for assessment by the BSB. Barristers may also be selected for spot-checking if they
have a history of non-compliance.

Any barrister who has failed to undertake their required hours will be need to complete their outstanding hours and may, if they continue not to comply, be referred to the BSB’s Professional Conduct Department for disciplinary action.

Those barristers who have submitted their 2013 record cards prior to this change in time for their cards to be processed will have received an email confirmation from the BSB. Please note that your record card may still be selected for spot-checking.

All other submitted record cards will not be processed and barristers will not receive an acknowledgement from the BSB.

For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/1i8ItyG or email cpdrecords@barstandardsboard.org.uk

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