Non-Executive Recruitment

Lay Board Member

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Bar Standards Board
£9,240 annually for up to 2 days per month
Closing date:
3rd November
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
5pm, Wednesday 3 November 2021
Longlist Meeting
End of w/c Monday 8 November 2021
Preliminary Interviews
w/c Monday 15 November 2021
Shortlist Meeting
End of w/c Monday 22 November 2021
Final Panel
w/c Monday 13 December 2021

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The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is the independent regulator for barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales.  Our statutory objectives are laid down by the Legal Services Act and the primary role of the Board is to ensure that we act in accordance with those objectives.   We are responsible for ensuring that barristers serve the public interest and, to that end, for setting education and training requirements, establishing and maintaining professional standards, authorising organisations, and dealing with questions of professional misconduct.

We seek to appoint a lay Board member who will work with the Board and executive team to lead the organisation through a time of far-reaching change in the legal services market and its regulation. Of particular interest are candidates with expertise in consumer affairs.

Over the next ten years, barristers in England and Wales will continue to face major challenges. These include changing consumer demands and expectations, technological advances and global competition.  The BSB must ensure that its regulation is risk-based, proportionate and agile in a changing legal services and regulatory landscape.  It must ensure that barristers are themselves as diverse as the society they serve. The Board particularly welcomes applications, therefore, from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

Our lay Board members bring a range of knowledge, skills and experience from the private, public or third sectors to help us continue to regulate in the public interest and follow best practice for modern regulators. You will have an awareness of the issues facing the justice system and the legal services market. You should be able to provide high-level strategic thinking, advice and leadership on the development and implementation of policy relating to the work of the BSB.  You will also appreciate the distinction between management and governance as you work with the Chair and the executive team to achieve the BSB’s objectives. 

All candidates must meet the definition of a “lay person” as defined by the Legal Services Act. They must never have been authorised to supply legal services by an approved regulator (e.g. as a barrister, solicitor, legal executive etc.) or have been a Scottish solicitor or advocate or a Northern Irish solicitor or barrister.

The BSB is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified individuals.

Candidates with a disability who require reasonable adjustments should contact Emma Clark at The Bar Standards Board is Disability Confident.  Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria for this role will be guaranteed an interview under this scheme.

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How to apply

All applications must be made by the deadline at 5pm Wednesday 3 November 2021  via the website at Late applications will not be accepted.

To apply please submit the following:

  • Completion of the online self-declaration form
  • Competency Based Online Application Form; addressing the five essential competencies outlined above. Please download the form provided and upload it with your application.
  • a CV of maximum 2 pages of A4 font size 11
  • an Equal Opportunities monitoring form. Please download the form provided and upload it with your application, rather than complete the online form on the website

The BSB operates the Disability Confident Scheme. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria for this role will be guaranteed an interview under this scheme. Should you wish to apply under this scheme, please complete the online form and submit this with your application.

Please note: This process has been designed to test how you fit against the core competencies for the role. As a result, your application via the website will be assessed and scored only on the information you provide in the form addressing the five core competencies.

Applicants have been asked to submit a short CV to provide the panel with context only.

Should you be selected to attend a preliminary interview with a member of the team at GatenbySanderson, your CV will then be used to provide context alongside your response to the core competencies for the role.

To apply you will need to undertake the following:

Registering and Creating an Account

You will need to create an account by clicking the ’Login / Create Account’ button on the screen or in the menu if using a mobile device. Choose a username and password. Keep these safe as you will need your account details to access your application and receive messages from us securely.

We will communicate with you throughout the process via notification messages in your account. We will send you emails to alert you to a new message but you will need to login to your account to access it. This is to protect your privacy.

Once you have set up an account, you can log in at any time using the username and password you have created.

When you have satisfied yourself that you meet the role criteria and eligibility requirements, click on the red ‘Apply Now’ button. On the next screen, you will be asked a number of eligibility questions. If you do not meet the required eligibility, you will not be able to proceed with your application.

Self-Declaration Online Form

Please complete the series of YES/NO questions to the best of your ability. This is to support that you have no conflicts of interests and no matters affecting or concerning you which could diminish public trust and confidence in the regulator. Proceed to the next stage.

Competency Based Online Application

You will then be asked to respond online to five evidence- based competency questions. There is a 500-word limit for the first competency and then a 350-word limit for each remaining question. It is acceptable to use bullet points in your responses: see above. Please note that words in excess of the specified word limit will not be taken into account. You can save your application at any point and return to it later.

You will then be asked to upload a copy of your CV (this should be a maximum 2 pages of A4 font size 11) that details your career history.

You will also be asked to provide the names and contact details of two referees, at least one of whom must be work-related. (Please note that these will not be taken up without your permission until you receive confirmation of whether or not you have been invited to attend the final panel interview.)

Provision of a CV is a mandatory requirement of the application process and you will not be able to complete your application without fulfilling this requirement.

Once complete, you will be asked to make a final submission of your application. Once submitted, you cannot retrieve your application to make any further amends so ensure you are happy that it is fully complete.

At this point, you will be asked to complete the Equal Opportunities information. Once done, you will see a confirmation screen acknowledging your application. You will also receive an email to the email address you provided, confirming receipt of your application.

All applications must be written in plain English.

Reasonable Adjustments

Please note that this information pack can be made available in Braille, large print or other formats, such as Welsh. Please contact our recruitment consultants GatenbySanderson on 0113 205 6111 as soon as possible to discuss your specific requirements as it may take up to one working week to action such requests. Please contact GatenbySanderson if you require any additional reasonable adjustments to be made in order to facilitate your application at any stage in the process.


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Gillian Young
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