This report analyses gross earnings declared by the self-employed Bar during the authorisation to practise (AtP) process in 2023 by sex and practice area.

The report builds on the 2021 report, based on twenty years of anonymous data on earnings from the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF), and the 2022 update report.

This year’s analysis uses a new and more robust method as the AtP data is more detailed than the BMIF data used in previous reports. However, the overall trends remain the same and show concerning patterns in relation to disparaties between men and women at the self-employed Bar.

The report is supplemented by a toolkit for chambers to calculate work distribution within sets.

In March 2024, Barbara Mills KC, Vice Chair of the Bar, chaired a panel discussion for the Inns of Court Women's Alliance on the earnings gap. You can watch a recording of the event via YouTube

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