LSB response to the BSB publishing an independent review of the August 2020 BPTC Exams


The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published the independent review of the August 2020 Bar Professional Training Course exams.

Matthew Hill, Chief Executive of the Legal Service Board, said:

“We welcome the publication of this independent review of the August 2020 Bar Professional Training Course exams, which was an important part of the mitigations put to us by the BSB when we made our enquiries at the time these events were unfolding.

“The report finds that there was a disproportionate negative impact on students who needed a reasonable adjustment, particularly those with disabilities, students with limited financial resources and international students. A strong and diverse legal profession is one of the statutory objectives that the BSB is responsible for promoting and is an essential component of public confidence in the sector. It is clear that the events and decisions covered in this report combined to undermine that objective.

“It is right that the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has apologised and published an action plan showing how it will address the report’s recommendations. The BSB and the wider sector must learn from this to ensure we dismantle barriers not create them.

“As the oversight regulator of legal services, we will continue to monitor the BSB’s progress through our regulatory performance framework.”