Sam Mercer

Sam Mercer

Sam Mercer is Head of Policy: Diversity & Inclusion and CSR at the Bar Council. Prior to this she worked on a portfolio of consultancy projects for blue-chip companies, NHS Trusts, Charities and Government, was Workplace Director at Business in the Community (BITC) and was Chief Executive of the Employers Forum on Age (EFA).

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Silver linings

It is easy to be gloomy about wellbeing, says Sam Mercer, but this article celebrates a shift in the right direction, and the 45 chambers recognised in the Bar Council’s relaunched wellbeing certificate programme

19 February 2024

The Bar wants you back

The Bar loses too many talented barristers (usually women) to parenthood so the Bar Council is encouraging chambers to take positive action to help parents build a sustainable and thriving work-life balance: Sam Mercer explains more

08 March 2023

Collective action on anti-bullying

Why Talking to Spot, Bar Council support and becoming an active bystander can create change – by Sam Mercer

05 December 2022

Spot the problem

The Bar Council wants everyone working at the Bar to be aware of Talk to Spot; an easy and controllable way to raise a concern or make a complaint, writes Sam Mercer

13 May 2021

Fair’s fair: next 100 years

The Bar Council’s plans to accelerate progress (or at least shift away from reverse) in diversity and fair work distribution across the Bar. By Sam Mercer

25 September 2020

Spot, report, stop: AI tackles age-old problem

Your guide to Spot – the online tool which allows barristers to record and, if they want, report inappropriate behaviour, bullying, harassment and discrimination at the Bar and Bench

21 October 2019

How and why: CSR at the Bar

Cynical business ploy or socially responsible purpose? Sam Mercer asked four leading sets how and why they do CSR…

29 October 2018
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Time for change and investment

The Chair of the Bar sets out how the new government can restore the justice system

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