Bar Standards Board—Full Hearing of the Fitness to Practise Panel
Produced in partnership with Paul Pretty of Bar Standards Board
Bar Standards Board—Full Hearing of the Fitness to Practise Panel

The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Paul Pretty of Bar Standards Board provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Bar Standards Board—Full Hearing of the Fitness to Practise Panel
  • Fitness to Practise Panel
  • Determining whether an individual is unfit to practise
  • Restrictions on practice

Fitness to Practise Panel

As soon as reasonably practicable after receipt of any report prepared by a Medical Examiner or, where no report has been prepared and where the Bar Standards Board (BSB) considers that the case is ready for hearing, the Chair of the Fitness to Practise Panel (the Panel) will send a notice in writing of the hearing to the individual, which should:

  1. contain a summary of the case and a copy of the report, where applicable

  2. inform the individual of the time and date of the full hearing

  3. inform the individual of their right to attend and be represented at the hearing, and to produce evidence at the hearing

  4. inform the individual of the Panel's powers at a full hearing, and

  5. inform the individual of their right to appeal

At the conclusion of a full hearing of the Panel it should determine whether the individual is unfit to practise, and if so, what restrictions to impose.

Determining whether an individual is unfit to practise

An individual is 'unfit to practise' where they:

  1. are incapacitated due to their physical or mental condition (including any addiction)

  2. as a result, the individual's fitness to practise is impaired, and

  3. the imposition of a restriction, or the acceptance of undertakings in lieu, is necessary for the protection of the public, is