The ‘Approved Regulator’ of the Bar is the Bar Council. In accordance with the Legal Services Act 2007, the Bar Council is obliged by law to separate its regulatory and representative functions, which it does by delegating responsibility for regulating the Bar to the independent Bar Standards Board (BSB).
The BSB has its own independent Board and staff, and regulates barristers called to the Bar in England and Wales.
Training and support
The Bar Council provides support through the Ethical Enquiries Service to barristers who need help to identify, interpret and comply with their professional obligations as set out in the BSB Handbook.
Additionally, the Bar Council offers training sessions and publishes comprehensive Practice & Ethics Guides.
The Bar Council and the BSB comply with a communications protocol that supports regulatory independence and is reviewed at regular intervals. Guidance on the protocol is available for all staff, and new staff are advised of the protocol and the guidance as part of their induction training.
In addition, the Chair’s Committee, chaired alternately by the Chair of the Bar, and the Chair of the BSB, meets on a monthly basis. It is responsible for keeping under review all aspects of the relationship between the Bar Council and the BSB.
Contact and further information
The Bar Council
289-293 High Holborn