The Legal Services Board (LSB), in accordance with its statutory powers, has granted the application of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to alter their regulatory arrangements and amend the standard of proof applied during professional misconduct proceedings.
As a result this will be applied to barristers, authorised bodies and, in some circumstances their employees and managers.
Neil Buckley, Legal Services Board chief executive said: “We have agreed a rule change application from the BSB, which brings their approach on assessing professional misconduct into line with that adopted by other professional regulators.
"The LSB thematic review of disciplinary processes in 2014 set out that that consistent use of the civil standard of proof across the legal services regulators was best regulatory practice. This move is a welcome further step towards achieving that objective.”
As at 1 April 2017, the legal profession in England and Wales comprised 148,690 solicitors, 15,281 barristers, 6,809 chartered legal executives and 5,958 other individuals operating in other areas of the legal profession such as conveyancing.
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