The Bar Standards Board has appointed eight members to a newly created panel set-up to provide ‘specialist advice’ on its work. The Advisory Pool of Experts will be called upon to advice the regulator in all areas of its work, especially areas where it says an ‘in-depth or more independent view is needed’.

Earlier this year the BSB put a call out for interested candidates to apply for the job.

Panel members will earn £308 per day, plus expenses and will work for up to 10 days per year, the BSB said. 

So far, experts have been appointed in: competition and economics; equality and diversity; higher education; insurance; regulatory policy and theory; and regulatory risk. None of the appointees is on the roll of solicitors. 

According to the BSB, APEX forms part of the BSB’s ‘ongoing governance restructure’ which it says has reduced the number of committees and members sitting on them.

Andrew Burns chair of the BSB, said: ‘These new appointments are going to provide the specialist expertise and independent advice that the BSB needs. I am impressed with the high calibre of candidates who have accepted our offers of appointment. I look forward to our teams being able to draw on their knowledge and expertise in their respective fields.’

The new appointments are effective from 1 January.