25 September 2018

Diversity Data – Responsibilities for Chambers and Individuals

Chambers

All chambers are required to collect diversity data from members of their workforce, regularly review it and publish it every three years. 31 December 2015 was the final deadline for chambers to publish their updated diversity data. Guidance is available on our website setting out how chambers can meet this Handbook requirement. It is important for chambers to gather diversity data because policies themselves will not bring about equality. Collection and analysis of data will enable chambers to check that policies and action plans are being implemented and whether or not they are having an impact. Without data, it is impossible to establish the nature or extent of any inequality and therefore devise appropriate measures to reduce or remove it.

Individual barristers

A reminder to all barristers to please update your diversity information on the Barrister Connect portal. It only takes a moment and can be done at the same time as renewing your practising certificate. There is currently a fairly low response rate to this monitoring section of the portal; although provision of diversity information is voluntary the data is extremely important to us as it helps us assess the effectiveness of initiatives aimed at tackling inequality. The data you provide will inform policies aimed at widening access to the profession and promoting diversity and social mobility. The analysed data will enable us to identify any trends and is key to meeting our statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010. Your data is completely confidential and will never be passed to third parties. We will only ever publish aggregated, anonymised data showing the diversity of the profession as a whole.