Bar Standards Board—Professional Conduct Committee
Bar Standards Board—Professional Conduct Committee

The following Corporate Crime guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Bar Standards Board—Professional Conduct Committee
  • Powers and functions of the PCC
  • PCC's powers before investigation of complaints received from persons other than BSB
  • Procedure for dealing with complaints to be handled by the PCC—general

Powers and functions of the PCC

The powers of the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) are set out in Part 5 of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) Handbook and include (but are not limited to) the power:Bar Standards Board Handbook—Part 5 A1

  1. to consider complaints made by persons other than the BSB

  2. to raise complaints on behalf of the BSB, and to withdraw such complaints

  3. to determine whether any complaint:

    1. discloses a potential breach of the Handbook and/or

    2. discloses a potential case of professional misconduct and/or

    3. potentially satisfies the disqualification condition

The PCC deals with it in accordance with Section 5 A of the Complaints Regulations: Bar Standards Board Handbook Part 5: The Fitness to Practise Regulations—Part 5 A1

  1. to direct the investigation of complaints

  2. to seek, in appropriate cases, to resolve complaints by using the determination by consent procedure

  3. to bring and prosecute charges of professional misconduct to make an application for disqualification before Disciplinary Tribunals (section 5B) of the handbook

  4. to seek an immediate interim suspension or immediate disqualification order in accordance with Section 5D of the handbook

  5. to refer practising barristers to a Fitness to Practise panel in accordance with Section 5E of the handbook

  6. to refer to disciplinary tribunals any legal aid complaint relating to the conduct of a BSB regulated person and to be responsible for prosecuting any such charges or legal aid complaints before such disciplinary tribunals

  7. to refer any complaint for supervisory action by the supervision team

  8. to take action in relation to complaints or infringements of the handbook as are permitted by Section 5A

  9. to impose, or direct the imposition, of