The report, written by Independent Observer, Isobel Leaviss, commended the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for its fair, consistent and well-reasoned decision making; as well as its “genuine commitment to continuous improvement”.

Mrs Leaviss’ second annual report was presented to the Bar Standards Board at its June Board meeting. In it, the Independent Observer praised the “collective dedication” displayed by members of the Professional Conduct Department (PCD) and Committee to ensuring that the BSB’s complaints system is robust.

The report also sets out a number of recommendations designed to help further enhance the regulator’s disciplinary processes – including publishing a summary of the appointments process for its prosecutors at Disciplinary Tribunals, and assigning new prosecutors an experienced ‘mentor’. All the recommendations have been accepted and most have already been implemented.

The Independent Observer provides independent assurance to the Governance, Risk & Audit Committee, and ultimately the Bar Standards Board, that the BSB’s complaints and disciplinary system is operating in line with its aims and objectives.

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