18 January 2012


The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, and the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, have today published the first full edition of Bar Barometer, an annual report on statistical trends within the Bar.

Produced by the Research department, Bar Barometer will help the Bar Council and BSB to develop and implement policies which are relevant to barristers. It is also intended to be a useful source of statistical information for those with an interest in the Bar, from practitioners to the wider legal services market, as well as current and aspiring Bar Professional Training Course students.

Each edition will have a different focus, beginning this year with statistics on pupillage over the period 2006-2011. This edition of Bar Barometer presents data for the main stages of training for the Bar and for those in practice, using data drawn from the Bar Council's membership records, the BSB's Bar Professional Training Course providers' monitoring data and the Pupillage Supplementary Survey.

As a result of feedback received from the pilot edition issued last March, the report now provides information about the profile of practitioners by age and disability and for the first time includes the composition of employed Queen's Counsel by gender and ethnicity.

Chairman of the Bar, Michael Todd QC, said:

"The publication of our annual Bar Barometer report to examine statistical trends within the Bar will help to ensure that the Bar Council's efforts focus on initiatives which will directly benefit our members. In terms of composition of and retention at the Bar, having ready access to statistics will help us easily to monitor changes as they happen or, even more importantly, where they are not happening quickly enough. This will help us to make better investment decisions and to marshal our resources to safeguard the future of the Bar."

Chair of the Bar Standards Board, Baroness Ruth Deech, said:

"It is essential that the Bar Standards Board, as the regulator of the Bar, has access to the most up to date statistics. The annual Bar Barometer report enables us to ensure that our regulation of barristers remains relevant and proportionate. We are pleased to see that the report demonstrates a positive representation of women, BME and disabled barristers at entry level and hope that the introduction of our new Equality and Diversity Rules later this year will ensure that these figures are reflected at senior levels of the profession in the near future."


Notes to editors

1. Further information from the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525 or the Bar Standards Board Press Office on 020 7611 1452.

2.  Download Bar Barometer

3. The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes:

• The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services
• Fair access to justice for all
• The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and
• The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.

The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board.

4. The Bar Standards Board regulates barristers Called to the Bar in England and Wales in the public interest.

It is responsible for:

• Setting the education and training requirements for becoming a barrister
• Setting continuing training requirements to ensure that barristers' skills are maintained throughout their careers
• Setting standards of conduct for barristers
• Monitoring the service provided by barristers to assure quality, and
• Handling complaints against barristers and taking disciplinary or other action where appropriate.