Lay Board Member
Bar Standards Board
Lay Board Member
Remuneration: £9,240 annually for up to 2 days per month
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is the independent regulator for barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales. Our statutory objectives are laid down by the Legal Services Act and the primary role of the Board is to ensure that we act in accordance with those objectives. We are responsible for ensuring that barristers serve the public interest and, to that end, for setting education and training requirements, establishing and maintaining professional standards, authorising organisations, and dealing with questions of professional misconduct.
We seek to appoint a lay Board member who will work with the Board and executive team to lead the organisation through a time of far-reaching change in the legal services market and its regulation. Of particular interest are candidates with expertise in consumer affairs.
Over the next ten years, barristers in England and Wales will continue to face major challenges. These include changing consumer demands and expectations, technological advances and global competition. The BSB must ensure that its regulation is risk-based, proportionate and agile in a changing legal services and regulatory landscape. It must ensure that barristers are themselves as diverse as the society they serve. The Board particularly
welcomes applications, therefore, from candidates with diverse backgrounds.
Our lay Board members bring a range of knowledge, skills and experience from the private, public or third sectors to help us continue to regulate in the public interest and follow best practice for modern regulators. You will have an awareness of the issues facing the justice system and the legal services market. You should be able to provide high-level strategic thinking, advice and leadership on the development and implementation of policy relating to
the work of the BSB. You will also appreciate the distinction between management and governance as you work with the Chair and the executive team to achieve the BSB’s objectives.
All candidates must meet the definition of a “lay person” as defined by the Legal Services Act. They must never have been authorised to supply legal services by an approved regulator (e.g. as a barrister, solicitor, legal executive etc.) or have been a Scottish solicitor or advocate or a Northern Irish solicitor or barrister.
Closing date: 5pm on Wednesday 3rd November 2021.
The BSB is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified individuals.
The Bar Standards Board is Disability Confident. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria for this role will be guaranteed an interview under this scheme.