Equality and Diversity data input during practising certificate renewal process

The Barrister Connect portal is not used solely for the authorisation to practise process; it is also used to allow barristers to update their diversity information. Although the questions are voluntary, this information is very important to the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board.

It will enable the organisation to demonstrate progress towards widening access to the profession and strengthening diversity within the profession and will help challenge inaccurate public perceptions about the current profile of barristers. The data barristers provide will inform policies aimed at widening access to the profession and promoting diversity and social mobility. The analysed data will enable the Bar Council and Bar Standards Board to identify any trends and is key to meeting our statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010. Finally, it’s important to stress that barristers’ personal diversity data will be kept strictly confidential.

If you have any queries about this data collection exercise, please contact equality@barstandardsboard.org.uk.