Compensation level increase for inadequate professional service

The Bar Standards Board has now formally increased the compensation limit in respect of findings of inadequate professional service from £5,000 to £15, 000 following its meeting in May.

It has also formally approved an extension to the powers of disciplinary panels to give them the ability to require a barrister to apologise in cases where charges of professional misconduct are found proved. Both these changes will apply to acts and omissions of inadequate professional service committed on or after 1 July 2008.

The Code of Conduct will be amended to accommodate these changes, which affect Annexes J, K, L and P. The Code can be viewed on the BSB website at