The BSB’s Disability Taskforce was formed in July 2021, as a part of our commitment to promoting equality and diversity at the Bar, with disability being a key area of focus. This commitment has now been reaffirmed through the BSB’s membership of the Business Disability Forum.
The BSB believes that the Bar must reflect the society which it serves and harness diverse talent effectively. A Bar which comprises diverse lived experiences and perspectives will strengthen the quality of service provided. Diverse teams bring better problem solving, more creativity and innovation and ultimately are better placed to serve the public. Creating a more inclusive culture will help to ensure that people from the widest possible talent pool are able to join the profession and progress successfully.
The Taskforce is intended to be a practical, action-orientated taskforce that identifies priorities for the Bar and BSB in enabling disability inclusion and in creating or signposting to practical tools to support this.
The Taskforce will advise the BSB on:
- how regulatory tools can be used to improve conditions for people with disabilities at the Bar;
- reviewing and improving routes into the Bar, making it a more accessible and inclusive profession;
- improving the culture at the Bar to strengthen the retention of disabled barristers; and
- ensuring that the BSB is setting an example of best practice as an inclusive employer for people with disabilities.