Equality & Diversity and Social Mobility

Executive: Sam Mercer

Chair: Robin Allen QC - Cloisters

Vice-Chair: Sa'ad Hossain QC - One Essex Court

Vice-Chair: Fiona Jackson - 33 Chancery Lane



Rachel Crasnow QC - Cloisters

Jason Pitter QC - New Park Court Chambers

Elaine Banton - 7 Bedford Row

Isabel Bayliss - Matrix Chambers

Lucy Bone - Littleton Chambers

Neil Bullock - Coram Chambers

Jacky Chase - 25 Bedford Row

S Chelvan - No 5 Chambers

James Holmes - Garden Court Chambers

Elizabeth Houghton - Wilberforce Chambers

Ruth Hughes - 5 Stone Buildings

Zira Hussain - Broadway House

James Keeley - 15 New Bridge Street

Sam King - 4 Paper Buildings

Dee Masters - Cloisters

Eleanor Mawrey - Chambers of Grahame Aldous QC

Gordon Menzies - 6 Pump Court

Barbara Mills - 4 Paper Buildings

Amelia Nice - Doughty Street Chambers

Declan O'Dempsey - Cloisters

Grace Ong - Goldsmith Chambers

Rehana Popal - 10KBW

Simon Robinson - Temple Court Chambers

Faisel Sadiq - Ely Place Chambers

Neelam Sarkaria - Independent Criminal Justice Consultant

Rachel Spearing - Serjeant's Inn

Stewart Thompson - Maitland Chambers

Matthew Weaver - Radcliffe Chambers


The Terms of Reference of the Committee are to address all matters concerning equality, diversity and inclusion relating to the Bar, including:

a. To ensure the Bar Council as Approved Regulator implements and fully meets its public equality duty and ensure coordination of equality and diversity work with the BSB;

b. To lead the development of Bar Council equality and diversity policy and guidance for the profession;

c. To undertake initiatives to widen access to and strengthen diversity in the profession;

d. To communicate the profession's commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and to provide focus and a channel for views on equality, diversity and inclusion at the Bar;

e. To provide assistance to Bar Council in highlighting and considering barriers to accessing justice which are connected to protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010; 

f. To support the strategic aims of the Bar Council, as published.


Disability Panel

Chair Faisel Sadiq

The group aims to promote disability access throughout the profession, the Inns of Court and justice system, to develop guidance for practitioners on reasonable adjustments, legislative and regulatory disability obligations and through the Panel of Disability of Advisors to offer guidance to disabled law students and barristers. Those seeking access to the Panel should contact smercer@barcouncil.org.uk

Guidance and Legislation Panel

Chair Rachel Crasnow.

The Panel aims to advise the Bar Council and the profession on all matters relating to the implementation of and compliance with statutory equality duties and on best equality and diversity practice.

Retention Panel

Chair Fiona Jackson.

The Retention Panel aims to increase the retention of women in practice and to advise on all matters relating to retention issues at the Bar.  The Panel organises a seminars for those managing a family career break.  Guidance  in the form of checklists are available for those taking maternity leave or career break.  For further details contact Sam Mercer.

Training Panel

The aim of this Panel is to develop, deliver and cascade introductory and advanced diversity training to the profession.