The Bar Standards Board has issued new interim social media guidance and launched a three-month consultation on new social media guidance and the regulation of non-professional conduct.

Commenting, Mark Fenhalls QC, Chair of the Bar Council, said:

“We know from our own ethical enquiries service that issues relating to social media and barristers’ private lives can be difficult to navigate. We have long argued that the Bar needed more clarity from the regulator on where the balance lies between freedom of expression and questions of professional conduct. The Bar Council will be considering the consultation and responding to the detailed proposals. 

“With many unregistered barristers using the professional title in their social media channels, this consultation is a timely opportunity to take another look at deferral of call.”