Equality & Diversity Policy

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The Bar Council and Bar Standards Board have developed a range of guides to assist barristers, chambers' Equality and Diversity Officers, practice managers and clerks in developing policies and procedures for a number of key areas covered by the Equality and Diversity rules in the BSB Handbook.

More information, and links to download the guidance notes, are available from the Bar Council website.


The Bar Council provides regular Introduction to Equality and Diversity Training (Toolkit) courses designed for barristers, chambers' Equality and Diversity Officers, practice managers and clerks. Developed by members of the Bar Council Equality and Diversity Committee as a practical aid to chambers, the sessions aim to raise diversity awareness through a series of practical case studies drawn from the experience of applying equality and diversity policies in chambers, as well as a summary of the legal and regulatory duties. The training carries 1.5 CPD hours and sessions are run on a monthly basis.

The Bar Council also offers a new Advanced Equality and Diversity Training for EDOs and Chambers' Managers course intended for those with a management role in chambers and EDOs or those with responsibility for implementing the Bar Standards Board's Equality and Diversity rules. Going beyond compliance with the rules, this course intends to explain their purpose and role in good chambers management. This course carries 2.5 CPD hours and will be held on the evening of Thursday 8 September.

Courses can be booked by visiting the Bar Council website.