The Bar Council's Race Panel

A 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 Panel includes representatives from all the Circuits, Specialist Bar Associations (SBAs) and Inns of Court, as well as networks created to support barristers and Bar students from different ethnic minority communities.

Race report 2024: join our focus group

Barristers, pupils and students are invited to join our focus group – in person or online – to discuss the progress that has been made since the Race at the Bar report was launched in 2021. The focus group will be a facilitated discussion led by a member of the Bar Council’s Race Panel under the Chatham House Rule – comments will not be attributed to individual participants. We are particularly keen to welcome barristers, pupils and students of colour.

The hybrid focus group will take place in London and online at 17:00-19:00 on Wednesday 19 June 2024.

Please sign up via the form below. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]  

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 at the Bar progress report November 2022

This short report includes an update on pupillage and silk appointments by ethnicity for 2022 and a summary of race-based activity across the Bar in the past year. 

Race at the Bar Report 2021

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 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:

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, email [email protected].