15 Jun, 2011

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, and the Bar Standards Board (BSB), which regulates the Bar, has commissioned the first survey of the working lives of barristers. The results, which will be published in the autumn, will inform both organisations’ short, medium and long-term strategic planning.

The Bar Council regularly gathers and disseminates data on the profession, but it is expected that this survey will generate a more detailed and inclusive picture of the working habits and profile of members of the Bar. It is planned to repeat the survey every two years, to enable both organisations to track and develop improved responses to changes in the profession.

The Chairman of the Bar, Peter Lodder QC, said: “This survey is very timely, coming during a period of significant change across the legal landscape.

“For the first time, we will be able to generate a holistic picture of barristers’ working lives – from their job satisfaction to their hopes and plans for the future – which will prove invaluable to our work in promoting a world-class justice system.”

The Chair of the BSB, Baroness Ruth Deech, said: “If we are to continue to regulate the Bar in a way that is meaningful and valuable to both the public and our members, it is vital that we gain a better understanding of how barristers view their professional lives and their future. I look forward to using the forthcoming data to inform and shape our future policy and practice.”

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