The following Corporate Crime guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
The powers of the Commissioner (and Bar Standards Board (BSB) staff delegated by the Commissioner) are set out in Part 5 of the BSB Handbook and include (but are not limited to) the power:
to assess reports in order to determine whether they should be investigated as allegations
investigate allegations as appropriate
withdraw allegations as if they had not been made
refer reports to a more appropriate regulatory body
dismiss allegations and/or impose an administrative sanction, and
refer allegations to an Independent Decision-Making Panel or to take disciplinary action
In determining whether a report raised by a person other than the BSB potentially discloses a breach of the Handbook, a potential case of professional misconduct or a breach of the Handbook satisfying the disqualification condition, and if so, whether it is apt for further consideration, the commissioner must consider:
whether the conduct and its consequences is a serious enough risk to the regulatory objectives to justify further action
whether the conduct can be properly and fairly investigated, and
whether the report can be more appropriately dealt with by referring it to another body
Where the Commission
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