New equality and diversity goals set out at Board meeting

Twelve equality objectives for 2013-14, set out in five priority areas, were approved and adopted by the Bar Standards Board at the May Board meeting – in line with statutory equality duties. They include a programme of interviews with chambers to evaluate progress in implementing the new equality and diversity rules, as well as monitoring the equality impact of the new Bar Course Aptitude Test, which was introduced in March 2013.

The new objectives, which are aimed at improving equality in the profession and internally within the BSB, were developed by the BSB Equality and Diversity Committee, and will build upon the 2012-13 objectives.

The objectives for 2013-14 have been published on the BSB website – and are available to view via – and the BSB Equality Strategy 2013-16 will be updated to reflect the new goals.

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 requires public bodies to publish their equality objectives no later than 6 April 2012.

Objectives must be re-published at intervals of not greater than four years following the date of first publication.