Contractors and sub-contractors
It may be necessary to share your information with our contractors and sub-contractors so they can provide a service to you or to enable us to deliver our statutory function or services you have agreed to. The contractors and sub-contractors shall be contractually required to ensure that they adhere to the security requirements imposed by the Data Protection Act and the UK General Data Protection Regulation.
Our contractors and sub-contractors will not share your information with any other parties (except in the case of our file storage contractor) and will only be able to use the information when completing work on behalf of us.
Regulators and other legal obligations
We may also share your information with other bodies with official authority, such as the Legal Ombudsman, Legal Services Board, other regulators, the Council of the Inns of Court, Queens Counsel Appointments, Judicial Appointments Commission and the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and with other organisations where we have a legal obligation to share the information with them or where there is a legitimate legal basis to do so.
Where we carry out statutory ‘interventions’ we will do this in association with Intervention Agents (who are firms of solicitors) with whom BSB will share the data concerned.
We may share information about barristers and BSB entities who conduct work under the Money Laundering Regulations, where:
- regulatory action has taken place which has resulted in their suspension, or
- regulatory action has commenced and there is a clear public interest for sharing information at an early stage, or
- a Suspicious Activity Report has been filed.
Names of individuals and organisations may be loaded onto the Shared Intelligence System (SIS), which is a secure electronic platform hosted by the FCA and only available to participating organisations that subscribe to SIS, including regulatory bodies. Upon request, relevant information may be shared with a SIS member that is a supervisory authority, the Treasury, any law enforcement authority or an overseas authority as defined in the Money Laundering Regulations in line with Regulation 52.
We may from time to time share or receive information about you from other organisations, such as:
- the police for the purpose of detection and prevention of crime;
- organisations with a function of auditing and/or administering public funds for the purpose of detection and prevention of fraud;
- the Inns of Court in order to keep their records' up to date and facilitate your relationship with them;
- HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) for the administration of the Court ID Cards scheme
- Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund;
- Authorised Education and Training Organisations (AETOs);
- if you elect to make a pro bono donation, we will share your contact details and details of your donation with Advocate (previously the Pro Bono Unit); or
- if you provide consent, we may share your information with a third-party organisation for marketing purposes.
We have various memoranda of understanding and/or data sharing protocols with many of these organisations, including the Inns of Court and Council of the Inns of Court, the Legal Ombudsman, the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund, HMCTS and the AETOs. Memoranda of Understanding can be found at: https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/about-us/working-with-others.html. For further information on any agreements not published on the website, email Privacy@BarCouncil.org.uk.
If you are a qualified barrister, some of your personal data (as defined in the Bar Standards Board Handbook) is publicly accessible via the Barristers' Register webpage.
If you apply for, and are granted, a waiver from any BSB Handbook rules, we will confirm that a waiver has been granted to a member of the public who requests it.
If you are a member of a Committee, Panel, or Advisory Pool of Experts, some of your personal data is publicly accessible and/or on the BSB or Bar Council website.