BTAS Sanctions Guidance Second Consultation (2021)

The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service seeks views on its draft Sanctions Guidance.

The draft Guidance incorporates many suggestions received in response to the first consultation that took place earlier in the year. The proposed new Guidance includes a clearer structured approach to deciding sanctions and new ‘Misconduct Groups’. Indicative sanctions ranges have been reviewed and in particular the lower end of the sanction ranges have been raised to 12 months suspension for misconduct of a sexual nature and discrimination, non-sexual harassment and bullying.

This consultation will be of interest to the public, those representing equality groups, members of the Bar, BTAS panel members and regulators. The consultation can be found here [Sanctions Guidance review – Second Consultation paper (Sept 21) For Publication] and the draft new Guidance here [BTAS Sanctions Guidance 2022 Draft for Consultation – For Publication]. Responses should be received by 21 October 2021 – unfortunately extensions cannot be granted.

For reference, the first consultation can be found here: Sanctions Guidance review – Consultation paper (April 21) – FINAL and the response to the first consultation here: BTAS Consultation Response Paper

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