Equality and Diversity Guidance

The Bar Council and BSB have developed a range of guides to assist the profession in complying with the Equality & Diversity Rules in the BSB Handbook.

A good place to start for guidance on complying with the BSB rules is the BSB website.

Bar Council guides explain how to comply with the rules and introduce ideas around good practice.

Wellbeing at the Bar

The Bar Council has teamed up with the Inns of Court and Institute of Barristers' Clerks (IBC) to launch the Wellbeing at the Bar Portal - a website to specifically provide support and best practice to barristers, clerks and chambers on wellbeing and mental health issues. See below for some of the Wellbeing resources on specific issues:

FAQs Guidance on the circumstances when the Regulator may need to be involved and what you should be doing to best support an individual who becomes unwell.
Fitness to Practice Where a barrister's ability to practise may be impaired by a physical or mental health condition
Serious Misconduct Where a barrister may have committed misconduct linked, either directly or indirectly, to their physical/mental health condition

Developing equality & diversity policies for chambers

Career Breaks - Advice Pack Practical advice for barristers before or after a career break
Discriminatory Instructions A guide for barristers/chambers in how to respond to discriminatory instructions
Family Career Breaks - Advice Pack Advice for all barristers before and after a family career break
Fair Recruitment Guide Full guide on fair recruitment policies and practice, reflects training requirements on the BSB rC100 3.c. and d.
Flexible Working Guide Guide on developing a flexible working policy, including a sample policy
Parental Leave Policy Guide on developing a parental leave policy, including a sample policy
Positive Action Guide outlining what you can and can't do with respect to positive action
Pupil Equality Monitoring Toolkit Excel spreadsheet that can be used to analyse and report on the profile of applicants and successful candidates
Sexual Harassment: information for chambers Advice for when an allegation of sexual harassment has been made
Subconscious Bias Guide on the concept of, and dealing with, unconscious bias
Workforce monitoring: information for chambers FAQs about the workforce monitoring requirement and suggested tips to improve both the process and disclosure rates


 Supporting those with a disability

Mind Toolkit for Advocates Toolkit for advocates and prosecutors on dealing with witnesses with mental distress
Disability Access Making chambers accessible

Access to Work guide (Word)

Access to Work guide (Pdf)

Guide on the DWP's Access to Work Scheme
Deaf/hard of people - effective communication Tips on effective communication
Dyslexia: supporting colleagues, pupils and students Provides an overview of dyslexia and how it affects individuals

Specific advice on dealing with different disabilities is available to members of the Bar via the Bar Council's Disability Panel. Please send your enquiry to Sam Mercer.