Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committee

Executive: Sam Mercer

Co-Chair: Sa’ad Hossain QC

Co-Chair: Elaine Banton

Vice-Chair: Eleanor Mawrey

Vice-Chair: Faisal Sadiq



Rachel  Crasnow QC - Cloisters

Jason Pitter QC - New Park Court Chambers

Lucy Bone - Littleton Chambers

Jacky Chase - Operations Manager, Essex Court Chambers

S Chelvan - No 5 Chambers

Mehvish Chaudhry – Harcourt Chambers

Sophie Garner – St Philips Barristers

James Holmes - Garden Court Chambers

Elizabeth Houghton - Wilberforce Chambers

Ruth Hughes - 5 Stone Buildings

Sam King QC - 4 Paper Buildings Chambers 

Gordon Menzies - 6 Pump Court

Barbara Mills QC – 4 Paper Buildings

Declan O’Dempsey - Cloisters

Grace Ong - 2 King's Bench Walk Chambers

Jason Pitter QC - New Park Court Chambers

Rehana Popal – 10 Kings Bench Walk

Simon Robinson - Temple Court Chambers

Neelam Sarkaria - Independent Criminal Justice Consultant

Stewart Thompson - Chambers Director, 3 Verulam Buildings

Natasha Shotunde - Garden Court Chambers

Vedrana Pehar - 2 Bedford Row 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.


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