Equality at the Bar


New equality and diversity rules for self-employed barristers have come into force.  The rules usher in a new set of requirements for self-employed barristers, including requirements that chambers have a flexible working policy, use fair and objective selection criteria, ensure fair distribution of work among its members of chambers and pupils, and give barristers the right to return to work after one year’s parental leave.

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) incorporated the rules into the barristers’ code of conduct on 1 September.
Baroness Ruth Deech, Chair of the BSB, welcomed the introduction of the rules: “We are committed to ensuring that the Bar has appropriate structures in place to record important equality and diversity data, and for chambers to be more proactive in the way they approach equality and diversity.”