New Equality and Diversity Rules for barristers are now in force

New Equality and Diversity rules for self-employed barristers are now in force.

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, incorporated new equality rules into the Code of Conduct for the Bar on 1 September 2012.

The rules include a number of new requirements for selfemployed barristers including requirements to:
  • have a flexible working policy
  • use fair and objective selection criteria
  • ensure fair distribution of work amongst pupils and members of chambers
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