Equality and Diversity Helpline

The Bar Council offers a confidential equality and diversity helpline to all pupils and members of the Bar. The direct line telephone number is 020 7611 1320.

Our team can provide assistance on the following topics:

For individuals, we can provide confidential support and advice to members of the profession, staff and members of chambers, employed barristers, pupils and Bar students about any equality and diversity, parental leave or harassment issue.

For chambers, we can provide advice on:

1. Implementing all aspects of the Equality and Diversity Rules in the BSB Handbook

2. Making reasonable adjustments and making chambers and services accessible to people with disabilities

3. Handling complaints and supporting members and staff 

What happens when you call the line:

If you call this number you will be put through to Sam Mercer or a member of the Bar Council's Equality and Diversity team, they are responsible for equality and diversity issues including sexual harassment at the Bar. At no point will you be required to give your name or the name of your chambers.Whoever you speak to will be able to provide advice and support on what you should do next, but you will not be required to do anything, you can simply discuss your options.

If you would like additional support, you will be put in touch with a member of the Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committee. You will be told the name of the person you are being put in touch with first, and you can ask to speak to someone else if you wish (we make sure you have a choice so you don't have to speak to someone you know/or from your chambers).

Any barrister member of the committee you speak to has a special exemption from BSB reporting requirements and is able to provide advice without being required to report the incident to the BSB.  

Please note that we are unable to provide legal advice.