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Can you help the BSB to improve the quality of its research?

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) does important research in a number of areas and its results are widely respected and reported in both the trade and national Press.   To improve further the quality of our research we are now seeking to build on our current peer review arrangements by establishing an Independent Research Peer Review Panel in accordance with our published
Research Strategy.

The BSB is seeking to create a panel of reviewers who, between them, have the necessary methodological expertise to review social research, analysis and evaluation in any of the following areas:

  • education and training for the Bar;
  • equality and diversity at the Bar, including its culture and practice;
  • the quality of services provided by barristers and the organisations the BSB authorises;
  • the standard of barristers’ skills, professional conduct and ongoing training;
  • the needs of barristers’ clients;
  • the market for barristers’ services; and
  • the impact of the BSB’s work as a regulator.

Reviewers on the Panel will periodically be invited to assess the quality and robustness of BSB research findings, including the study design, whether the study’s conclusions are supported by the
evidence collected, and whether the findings are presented in a way that lay and professional readers of the research can easily interpret and understand.

The Peer Review Panel is distinct from the BSB’s Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX) in terms of its scope and remit. Panellists will focus exclusively on the review and quality assurance of BSB
research outputs. In contrast, APEX members provide independent advice to support the BSB executive as they develop policy and make regulatory decisions.


Members of the Peer Review Panel will enter into an agreement for services with the BSB, and will not be employed by us. The agreement will not guarantee a particular level of work. You will be paid per completed review. The rate will be indicated in advance and is fixed at £154 for a half day or £308 for a full day, and will depend on the complexity of the study, the length of the report and the time commitment required. Reviewers will remain on the Panel for a period of three years.

How to Apply  

If you are interested in joining the Panel, please briefly summarise your area(s) of expertise by completing the Expression of Interest form, and send it to BSB Research  with the completed
Equality and Diversity monitoring form
(optional). We aim to recruit talented candidates and value diversity in background, skills and experience. We are committed to providing equality of
opportunity for all applicants.

Our recent research publications are available here, if you would like to familiarise yourself with the BSB’s research work before responding. If you have any further queries, please contact
Corrine Charles
, Head of Research.

Closing date:9:00 am on Monday 2 July 2018. Selection will take place following a paper sift during the week commencing 9 July 2018. You will be notified of the outcome by email.

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: