Professional Regulatory Press Releases September 2016
Key professional regulatory press releases from September 2016 include those from the: BSB, SRA, GDC and Bar Council.
BSB prepares to carry out interventions for ABSs
(Bar Council 06.09.16)
The BSB has been approved by the Legal Services Board to become a licensing body for alternative business structures (ABSs). It plans to commence its authorisation this autumn. As part of the establishment of the framework that supports the regulation of ABSs, the BSB will gain the statutory power of intervention for ABSs. This will be used as a protective power in the public interest.
Solicitors should give feedback on SRA plans amid threat to profession
(Law Society 01.09.16)
Solicitors are being urged to give their views on proposed changes to the SRA Handbook that would have a dramatic effect on their profession and clients by creating a two tier profession and significantly reducing client protections, depending on where solicitors work.
New way of dealing with patient concerns
(General Dental Council 06.09.16)
A new process of dealing with concerns has been introduced by the General Dental Council (GDC) to encourage resolution between the dental professional and the patient.
Each year, the GDC receives hundreds of concerns that could be resolved locally without it becoming a fitness to practise case if there was an agreement in place.
BSB publishes Professional Statement for Barristers
(Bar Standards Board 21.09.16)
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a revised version of the Professional Statement, which now includes the Threshold Standard and Competences. It sets out in more detail the skills, knowledge and attributes which barristers are expected to have on "day one" of being issued with a practising certificate.
Dual-capacity practice protocol
(Bar Council 27.09.16)
Purpose: To advise existing and prospective dual-capacity barristers regarding the rS18 requirement to agree a protocol with their employers or authorised bodies before undertaking dual-capacity practice, which sets out how potential conflicts of interest will be dealt with and avoided.