Disability

 

The Bar Council's Disability Panel

The Bar Council has a Disability Panel which reports into its Equality Diversity and Social Mobility (EDSM) Committee, and helps advise Bar Council activity with respect to disability. The Panel includes barristers with a range of disabilities and expertise in disability issues. 

The Panel provides support to barristers and pupils with disabilities. Bar Students with disabilities are encouraged to liaise with their educational institution for support (see information here).
 

Disability guides

 

The Bar Council has developed a range of guides for barristers and chambers which can be found on the Bar Council’s Ethics Hub. Guides include: an Accessibility Audit and information on Reasonable Adjustments (for chambers) as well as guides on government support Access to Work, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia and to help improve communication with clients and colleagues that are either deaf or hard of hearing. Mental Health and Wellbeing resources are available on the Wellbeing at the Bar website.

In 2021 Bar Council joined the Disability Business Forum. Our membership enables us to access advice on a very wide range of disabilities. If you or chambers need advice on a specific disability, please contact disabilitypanel@barcouncil.org.uk.
 

Disability events


Disability: 1 in 8…creating more accessible and inclusive chambers 
1 December 2021, 17:30-18:30

In recent research from the Bar Council, just over 1 in 8 young barristers reported a disability. With that in mind, this practical event hosts an interactive discussion on good practice in making reasonable adjustments in a chambers context. – for applicants, pupils, practising barristers and their staff. We will be joined by experts on disability good practice in both the workplace and specifically in a chambers' context, and will outline and discuss resources available to chambers to support inclusion with respect to disability (both visible and non-visible).


Disability policy work

The Bar Council is currently working on the following:

  1. Courts Access: liaising with HMCTS and the judiciary. If you have an experience on accessing courts you want us to know about, please email us.
  2. Practising with a disability: creating role models and sharing stories. If you want to share your story of practising with your disability to inspire others, please email us. Read an example story.
  3. Networks: we are keen to assist networks to support barristers with disabilities. If you run a network or would like advice on setting up a network or want access to a network, please get in touch.

The Bar Council's work to assist barristers with disabilities can also be found under our modernising the Bar campaign.