10 February 2017
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Equality
and Diversity Strategy for 2017-2019. This follows the publication
Diversity at the Bar Report last month. That report showed that
diversity at the Bar was heading slowly in the right direction but
that considerable progress is still needed.
The BSB has developed equality objectives and a corresponding
action plan to address the slow rate of progress of diversity at
the Bar, and to improve access to justice.
The strategy includes an objective to address unlawful
discrimination against members of the profession and consumers, and
a commitment from the BSB to take all the action available to it,
in all areas of its work.
BSB Head of Equality and Access to Justice Amit Popat said:
"Since our last strategy, we have further developed our evidence
base, enabling us to continue to address equality and diversity
issues. This new strategy uses that evidence to further a key theme
in our Strategic Plan: improving diversity and enhancing equality
in practice and culture at the Bar. The Bar and the legal system
need to reflect the diverse society that they represent."
You can read the BSB Equality and Diversity Strategy 2017-2019
Notes to editors
About the BSB Equality Objectives 2017-19
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