Senior Policy Officer

Posted 24/06/2024 by BAR council

WC1V, Holborn and Covent Garden, Greater London
£48,000 - £55,000/annum

Senior Policy Officer  

£48,000 - £55,000 per annum  

High Holborn, London  

Contract – 1 Year Fixed Term Contract 

Hours - Full time with majority home working (minimum 4 days per month in the office) Happy to talk flexible working    


Help us to make the regulation of barristers fit for the challenges of the future. The BSB is seeking a Senior Policy Officer to support our work to refresh the BSB Handbook.  

In this role you will be key to ensuring that our refreshed Handbook is easier to use and understand, while still allowing us to take a risk-based approach to regulation and meet our regulatory objectives.  

You will be part of the Bar Standard Board’s Strategy and Policy team, which manages and develops specific policies, guidance, and obligations to regulate barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest.   

Your work will focus updating the BSB Handbook, the BSB’s core regulatory text, encompassing the Barrister’s Code of Conduct, rules governing entry into the profession, and the BSB’s oversight of barristers’ scope of practice, amongst other provisions. You will lead on specific projects under the programme and will support and coordinate with colleagues across the BSB who are working on projects supporting updating the Handbook.  

This is an exciting time to join the BSB as we develop our capabilities as part of a programme of transformative change. You’ll play a key part of this change, contributing significantly to the update of the Handbook and supporting guidance. This position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to a major regulatory reform project in a dynamic regulatory environment.   

If you are enthusiastic about developing solutions to challenging regulatory issues, have an interest in improving legal services and widening consumer choice, and enjoy a challenging and rewarding work environment, we encourage you to apply.  

Key skills and experience required to undertake the role include:  

  • Experience of working in policy development for a regulator or an organisation working in a regulated industry  

  • Draft documents, undertake analyses and make recommendations for actions  

  • Support project delivery, including creating and managing planning documents  

  • Run internal and external engagement to create and promote policy objectives  

  • Experience or understanding of the legal services market would be beneficial  

Full details of the role requirements, and role specification can be viewed in the job description – see below / attached.  


The BSB  

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.    

Our people value our friendly and respectful environment, our support for flexible working, the opportunity to have a high degree of impact and our interesting, challenging, and varied work.  More about our work can be viewed on our website, including our Strategic Plan for 2022-2025.  


Working for the BSB  

The Bar Standards Board offers excellent terms and conditions of employment, including:  

  • Hybrid Working is the agreed way of working.   

  • We work from the office for a minimum of four days per month.  

  • Option to work from the office more and when there are team or organisational events.  

  • Up to 31 days annual leave, plus a holiday transfer scheme  

  • Up to 12% employer’s pension contribution  

  • Parental leave and flexible working policies  

  • Plus a range of additional benefits, including gym classes, discounts and rewards.  




To apply for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter, addressing the essential criteria from the person specification.  We operate an anonymous recruitment process, to reduce the chance of unconscious bias from our process, please remove your name and other personal information from your CV and covering letter before submitting.  


The Bar Standards Board is a Disability Confident Committed employer.  Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria for this role will be guaranteed an interview.  


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.  


Closing Date: 14 July 2024 at 11:59pm  

Proposed Interview Date: 25 – 30 July 2024  

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