Responding to the announcement that the powers of the BSB will be extended to refer a person to an interim suspension panel, by adding a new ground for referral, where it is “necessary to protect the public or is otherwise in the public interest”, Nick Vineall KC, Chair of the Bar Council, said:

“We welcome this announcement which provides for proportionate action to be taken by the BSB to protect the public. It will also serve to protect the reputation of the profession.

“Suspension is a severe measure, so it is important that there is close monitoring of data and disparate outcomes by the BSB to ensure suspensions are applied appropriately and in a non-discriminatory way. It also underlines the vital importance of all cases being dealt with in a timely manner.” 

Read the Bar Council response to the BSB consultation.