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BSB appoints new pool of Authorisation Review Panel members and an advisory expert

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced eight appointments to its pool of Authorisations Review panellists and one to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

The Authorisations Review Panel meets as a panel of three members taken from a group of appointed panellists. The panel considers applications for review of decisions taken by the BSB on
authorisation to practise as barristers, relating to entity regulation or waivers from certain requirements of the BSB Handbook, the rulebook that contains the rules of practice and training requirements for barristers. The pool of appointed panellists consists of five lay members and three barristers. Panels consist of at least two lay members and at least one barrister.

Short biographies of the eight members of the Panel are contained here on the BSB website.

The regulator is also pleased to announce today the appointment of Emma Wood to join APEX. Emma has a wide variety of expertise, particularly about the qualifying law degree, EU law and equality legislation.

About the Bar Standards Board

Our mission is to regulate barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. For more information about what we do visit:

About the Authorisation Review Panel

The Authorisations Review Panel was created as part of the BSB’s governance restructure following the abolition of the Qualifications Committee. The Panel ensures that all requests to review decisions on authorisation to practise as barristers or waivers from certain requirements of the BSB Handbook are determined fairly, effectively and efficiently and in accordance with the relevant regulations and guidelines.

About Apex

APEX is a group of external and independent experts who may be called upon to provide specialist advice in areas of the regulator’s work where an in-depth or more independent view is needed.

Emma Wood

Emma Wood is an in-house solicitor and a lecturer in law and legal skills at Universities in the UK and EU. Her legal practice focuses on commercial contracts (particularly in the IT and professional services sectors), and she has particular academic expertise in European Law (holding an LLM in European and Comparative Law from the University of Ghent, Belgium). She also
acts as Director of her own legal consultancy business, Lawcraft Ltd.

Emma is passionate about using clear communication skills in order to improve the law’s accessibility. She has been involved in volunteer projects to explain legal concepts in plain English to
those otherwise at risk of losing their rights (which underscores her commitment to the principles of equality and diversity), and she is undertaking academic research that complements her practice.