Barristers’ Working Lives, the first of a series of biennial surveys by the Bar Council and Bar Standards Board, offers a profile of the Bar, and the aspirations and intentions of those who work in the profession.

Two-thirds of self-employed barristers and half of the employed Bar would consider working in an alternative business structure.

Bar chairman Michael Todd QC said: “The results of the survey show that the profession is more diverse now than ever, but that more can be done to support working parents, as we are doing through our campaign for a Bar Nursery for example.” For a full report of the survey, see p12.