Welcome to our Research and Statistics section where you can find our latest research publications and statistics for the Bar, from entry to King's Counsel.

Our Research Department

Our Research Department provides support for the strategic and regulatory work of the Bar Standards Board, enabling policy development and regulatory risk management to be evidence-based. The department seeks to improve our understanding of those we regulate, the market, what legal services consumers need and how they use legal services, and the impact of our work.

In July 2022 we published our Research Strategy which supports our Equality Strategy other policy initiatives.

The work of our Research Department includes:

  • conducting and commissioning in-depth research, monitoring and analysis to build the evidence base and inform debate and policy;
  • evaluating the impact or effectiveness of specific BSB projects, polices, programmes or regulatory actions;
  • co-ordinating the analysis and publication of data on the life-cycle of the Bar - from entry to Queen's Counsel - and the diversity of students undertaking the vocational component of training for the Bar;
  • identifying and sharing evidence and information from the wider research community, to inform decision-making and practice;
  • providing specialist research advice and guidance within the BSB; responding to queries and requests for information or data;
  • communicating research evidence in a user-friendly way; and
  • collaborating with researchers in other legal regulators in planning and delivering research, ensuring value for money by pooling resources and sharing knowledge.

Please contact the Research Team for any queries about our data or research publications.

Statistics about the Bar

View our latest statistics about the Bar - from those undertaking Bar training all the way through to Queen’s Counsel.

Visit Statistics about the Bar

Our research reports

Read our range of research reports including our regular research reports on diversity at the Bar and our BPTC key statistics reports.

Our research reports