Authorisation and Supervision Assistant (12-month FTC- possible extension)

Bar Standards Board
Holborn and Covent Garden, London (Greater)
£20,720 - £24,515 pro-rata depending on skills and experience
10 Sep 2020
27 Sep 2020
Part Time
Contract Type

Authorisation and Supervision Assistant (12-month FTC- possible extension)

Holborn, London

Part-time position 21 hours per week

£20,720 - £24,515 pro-rata depending on skills and experience (Plus a benefit allowance of £1,300 per annum)

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) regulates barristers and their professional practice and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. We are responsible for setting education and training requirements, setting standards, authorising organisations, monitoring the service provided, and handling complaints. Barristers work at the heart of our justice system so BSB’s mission is fundamentally important to the maintenance of the rule of law. It is an exciting time at the organisation as we embark on a new strategy to continue to regulate in the public interest, support those we regulate to face the future, and ensure there is a strong and sustainable regulator for the Bar.
Make a Difference in the Regulation and Training of Barristers 
A part-time opportunity has arisen to join our Regulatory Operations Department. We are responsible for:

  • Setting the education and training requirements for becoming a barrister;
  • Setting continuing training requirements to ensure that barristers' skills are maintained throughout their careers;
  • Setting standards of conduct for barristers;
  • Authorising organisations that focus on advocacy, litigation, and specialist legal advice;
  • Monitoring the service provided by barristers and the organisations we authorise to assure quality;
  • Assessing information that we receive about barristers and the organisations we authorise and taking regulatory action where appropriate.

The work that we do is governed by The Legal Services Act 2007 as well as a number of other statutes. We take a risk-based approach, which means that we focus our attention in those areas where there is greatest evidence of risk to the public interest and our regulatory objectives.
We now have a vacancy within our Authorisations Team: 
Our Authorisations team administers the registration of pupillage as well as assessing applications for exemptions and waivers from the bar training requirements and authorising organisations that provide advocacy,
litigation and specialist legal advice services; as well as authorising higher education institutions, chambers and other organisations that intend to deliver training for aspiring barristers; It also sets and marks some of the assessments that aspiring barristers need to pass.
If you are seeking a flexible role, enjoy working with people and are interested in encouraging an independent, strong, diverse and effective legal profession, the Bar Standards Board could be the place for you!
The Team                                          
We are a small, friendly team with a working culture that is respectful and collegiate.  We work collaboratively, drawing on our combined knowledge, skills and experience to ensure that we make sound decisions about the
people and organisations that we regulate, and that the service we deliver is both efficient and flexible. We have well-established flexible working arrangements to support our staff maintain a work-life balance.
The Role
This is an administrative role focussing on enquiries generated by phone and email in addition to data entry and information processing.  The successful candidate will have the ability to interpret information, to assess risk and
work to strict deadlines. You will need to be confident and comfortable when making decisions and advising people of outcomes, both positive and negative.
The Person
The successful candidate will have a background in administrative process, understand risk management, governance and compliance.

Do you have experience of working within a defined framework and assessing whether organisations and/or individuals have met requirements and/or standards?

Do you have a knowledge and experience in regulation, law, governance, compliance, risk, audit or Higher Education?

Are you persistent in your approach?

Do you enjoy engaging with people?

Are you able to assess information?

Are you committed to equality and improving services?
If so, then we would like to hear from you. 

In return the Bar Standards Board offers excellent terms and conditions of employment, including:

  • Up to 31 days annual leave
  • Up to 12% employer’s pension contribution
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Life cover, and more

Candidates with a disability who require reasonable adjustments should contact, Michela Scarpa on 0207 6111460. 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.
Closing Date: 27 September 2020 at midnight
Proposed Interview Date: w/c 12 October 2020
The Bar Standard Board aims to recruit a talented workforce and values the diversity in background, skills and
experience of its staff. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity for all job applicants irrespective of
race, sex, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, maternity or pregnancy, marital or civil partnership
status or gender re-assignment.

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