Bar Standards Board elects new chair

Bar Standards Board elects new chairThe Bar Standards Board (BSB) has selected a chair and vice-chair to succeed Ruth Evans and George Leggatt QC.

Baroness Ruth Deech and Sir Geoffrey Nice QC will begin as chair and vice-chairman respectively on 1 January.

Timothy Dutton QC commented on their appointment, saying: “We look forward to working with the BSB under their leadership as the BSB charts a regulatory course for the public and the profession. These will be interesting times as the profession and its regulator look to a future under the Legal Services Act.”

The BSB, which regulates barristers in England and Wales, has been the regulatory arm of the Bar Council since 2006 and aims to “promote and maintain excellence in the quality of legal services provided by barristers to support the rule of law”.

Evans, who is deputy chair of the Ofcom consumer panel, and Leggatt of Brick Court Chambers, stood down from the position of chair and vice-chair in September after a three-year term, opening the way for a leadership contest (, 10 September).

Deech lectured in law at Oxford University and served as principal of Oxford’s St Anne’s College from 1991-2004. She also served as chairman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from 1994-2002, as a governor of the BBC from 2002-2006 and as the first Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education from 2004-2008. She is an independent member of the House of Lords.

Nice is a senior silk with a broad practice in common law, having worked at the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague where he led the prosecution against Slobodan Milosevic. He sits as a recorder, is a bencher of Inner Temple, and a former head of chambers at 1 Temple Gardens.