The Bar Council's Race Working Group

A new Bar Council Race Working Group was formed in June 2020 to report into our Equality Diversity and Social Mobility (EDSM) Committee, and to help advise on Bar Council activity. The working group includes representatives from all the Circuits, Specialist Bar Associations and Inns of Court, as well as networks created to support barristers and Bar students from different ethnic minority communities.

Race at the Bar report

Read the Bar Council’s Race Working Group's 2021 report addressing inequality at the Bar and proposing a series of recommendations for action.

Race awareness training

Developed by the Bar Council's Race Working Group, Introduction to race training: Starting a conversation about race in chambers is an introductory training course designed to raise awareness of race equality issues and promote anti-racism at the Bar. Delivered by a member of our race training delivery panel, the course provides a summary of legal and regulatory duties with respect to race as well as introducing different types of racism. Participants will be guided through a series of practical exercises and scenarios drawn from the experience of barristers from ethnic minority backgrounds, providing an invaluable starting point for further training and education on race.

Join the Race training delivery panel

If you are interested in joining the panel as a paid facilitator and have experience of delivering training (with specific reference to equality, diversity and inclusion/race or anti-racism training), you can read full information and apply here.


Other Bar Council initiatives

The Bar Council’s efforts to modernise the Bar and make it a more diverse profession are wide-ranging. They include a mixture of direct support, including research, helplines, training and guidance and positive action programmes – for example Bar Placement Week, PAJE and the Bar Council Leadership programme as well as a number of allocation of work/flexible working projects.

Work undertaken since June 2020

The Bar Council, supported by the Race Working Group, has:

What we are doing now

  • Developing further guidance
  • Advising chambers on developing positive action programmes by applying the Bar Council’s positive action guides and Framework;
  • Improving data collection and reporting where gaps have been identified.

Working with others

The Bar Council recognises that a wide range of race-related initiatives are in development across the Bar. Whilst we are focusing on initiatives that are specifically tailored to the Bar, we’re very keen to hear about other programmes, and to look at how action taken elsewhere might support our work with the Bar. To get in touch, please email equality@barcouncil.org.uk.