Calling for more action on equality & diversity at the Bar

April 2nd, 2018

I recently spoke to Middle Temple students on equality and diversity – a topic that is close to my heart. I also spoke at a Bar Standards Board (BSB) event in February discussing how to improve Race Equality at the Bar – the report from that event is now available here. At the event, I argued for the establishment of a task force and for the BSB to be more ‘activist’ in their approach to closing the gap between BAME and non-BAME barristers. Without commitment from the BSB and Bar Council, we cannot make the strides we need to achieve genuine and lasting representation for BAME barristers at the bar (and at all levels of the judiciary). This is vital to the continued health of the profession, as well as assuring we stay relevant to the people we represent.