26 September 2017

Diversity Data – Responsibilities for Chambers and Individuals

Chambers

All chambers are required to collect diversity data from their members, regularly review it and publish it every three years. Guidance is available on our website setting out how chambers can meet this Handbook requirement. 

It is important for chambers to gather diversity data so that they can 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. Non-compliance with data collection can result in supervision or disciplinary action.  

Individual barristers

We would like to remind all barristers to 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. 

Although the 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.