New Equality and Diversity rules for self-employed barristers are now in force

03 Sep, 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, incorporated new equality rules into the Code of Conduct for the Bar on 1 September 2012. The rules include a number of new requirements for self-employed barristers including requirements to:

  • have a flexible working policy
  • use fair and objective selection criteria
  • ensure fair distribution of work amongst pupils and members of chambers
  • have the right to return to work after 1 year’s parental leave

Baroness Ruth Deech, Chair of the BSB, said: “As I stated when the new equality and diversity rules were approved by the Legal Services Board in July of this year; I welcome the introduction of these rules. We are committed to ensuring that the Bar has appropriate structures in place to record important equality and diversity data and for chambers to be more proactive in the way they approach equality and diversity.”

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