BLAGG - Bar Lesbian and Gay Group

Hassan Khan and Claire Fox, Co-Chairs of the Bar Lesbian and Gay Group, on expanding the remit of BLAGG. Is it OK to be Gay at the Bar? Will the Bar Standards Board’s new Equality... read more

Fair Access to Professional Careers: A progress report

profession‘It is clear that the legal sector is starting to make real efforts to address fair access and social mobility’, is a conclusion of the Independent Reviewer on Social... read more

Diversity in the Courts

judiciaryThe Crime and Courts Bill which was introduced after the Queen’s Speech provides for major changes in judicial appointments. It follows on the Ministry of Justice... read more

End of term report

David Pittaway QC, Chair of the Neuberger Monitoring and Implementation Working Group until the end of 2011, reports on the progress that has been made at the Bar in improving access to... read more

More women become judges

JudiciaryWomen have done well in the latest Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) rounds. read more

Association of Women Barristers

Fiona Jackson reports back from the anniversary dinner held at the House of Lords to celebrate twenty years of the Association of Women Barristers. On Tuesday 4th October... read more

DPP praises equality and diversity rule

Bar code of conductKeir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has backed new equality and diversity provisions that are to be included in the Bar Code of Conduct and Practising Rules. read more

The right to be open at the Bar

BLAGG provides both a social group and a support network for gay barristers. It also campaigns for equal rights, writes Christopher Rogers. Unlike other minorities it is... read more

COMBAR takes positive action

DiversityThe Commercial Bar Association (“COMBAR”) has published a menu of action to address the “unjustifiable” under-representation of women and black and ethnic minority groups within chambers. read more

Diversity in the legal profession

Barristers’ chambers should adopt formal, regulated mentoring schemes to encourage diversity, a Legal Services Board (“LSB”) report has recommended. read more