The Bar Standards Board invites tenders for a review of its enforcement system

Bar Standards Board

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is seeking expressions of interest from tenderers with the knowledge, expertise, and experience to carry out a review of its enforcement system.

The scope of the work is to carry out an end-to-end review of the BSB’s enforcement processes.  The review will look at all the BSB’s systems, processes and policies with the aim of establishing:

  • whether they remain fit for purpose, risk based and proportionate and reflect good regulatory practice;
  • whether the processes are effective in facilitating the taking of robust, consistent and legally sound decisions; and
  • whether there is scope for greater process and/or operational efficiency in how enforcement cases are handled and decisions taken, including the interface with the BSB’s supervisory function.

It will be for tenderers to set out how they propose to approach the review, but it should include, but not necessarily be limited to: 

  • assessing the relevant enforcement regulations and associated policy, procedures and guidance;
    • seeking views of relevant internal and external stakeholders including the Bar Tribunals & Adjudication Service; and
    • considering best practice and its application in the context of the Bar.

The precise timetable for completion of the review will be open for discussion but it is hoped that the review can be completed by the end of 2023. 

The full Invitation to Tender (ITT) can be obtained by emailing our Legal Support Team at Those applying for a copy of the ITT will be expected to keep the contents confidential.  The deadline for all tenders to be received is 10.00am on 11 May 2023.

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