2 June 2014
The requirement for every member of chambers' selection panels
to have received training in fair recruitment processes comes into
force on 1 July 2014.
The rule - first announced in 2012 - has so far only applied to
the lead person responsible for the selection panel and at least
one other panel member.
Training is defined in the Handbook as "any course of study
covering all the following areas:
Training may be undertaken in a variety of ways including by
participating in classroom sessions, online courses, or through the
private study of relevant materials.
Barristers can comply with this rule by studying the Bar Council's
"Fair Recruitment Guide", which covers all the required areas, in
their own time. Compliance will be monitored via the Bar Standards
Board's chambers supervision system.
The Fair Recruitment Guide is free to download from http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/fair-recruitment-guide
The BSB recommends that at least one panel member should attend an
appropriate classroom course. For details of appropriate courses,
please contact the Bar Council Equality team via 0207 611 1310 or