Review of the Fitness to Practise Rules and Guidance

The ‘Fitness to Practise Rules’, as set out in Annex O to the Code of Conduct, prescribe the manner in which any issue concerning a barrister’s fitness (or unfitness) to practise should be managed. They are designed to achieve high level public protection from barristers who, for predominantly reasons of health, are not fit to provide legal services to the public to the standard expected.

The BSB will be issuing a Consultation Paper in early 2013, the purpose of which will be to set out the BSB’s existing processes and to consult with interested parties on a number of revisions that have been made to the Fitness to Practise Rules and the supporting Guidance (both of which have been amended with a view to modernising the drafting style and increasing clarity).

Following the issuing of the consultation paper, those interested in providing a view should send their responses to: Siân Mayhew ( The BSB will then summarise the responses received and will publish a summary document on its website. If you do not want your response, or a summary of it published please make this clear when you reply to us.