Laura Bayley: The Bar Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Directory.

08 December 2021

Laura Bayley and eight barristers from the inaugural Bar Council Leadership Programme have launched the Bar’s first ever Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Directory.

Derek Sweeting QC, Chair of the Bar, said:

A lot of work has gone into the publication of this new guide: it is great to see members of the profession taking their own initiative in drawing together information, for the benefit of their colleagues, on protected characteristics, bullying and harassment, as well as the fair allocation of work and recruitment.

The Bar Council encourages interventions aimed at improving equality, diversity and inclusion at the Bar.”

The Directory provides an up-to-date resource, setting out guidance, clearly and in one place, for use by barristers, Chambers and others, on a wide range of essential topics, to encourage the profession to adopt and embrace improved practices.

Split into 11 key areas of equality, diversity and inclusion, the chapters provide an overview, set out the applicable minimum legislative and regulatory standards, draw together resources from existing initiatives, highlight other commendable practices beyond the Bar and provide an overview of themes and best practices.

The Directory is available to download from the Bar Council’s website, HERE.

The nine authors of the directory are Laura Bayley (Crucible), Bo Kay Fung (Financial Conduct Authority), Chris Gutteridge (Exchange Chambers), Narinder Jhittay (Maitland Chambers), Khadija Leuenberger (36 Stone, part of The 36 Group), Francesca O’Neill (1 Chancery Lane), Lydia Pemberton (3 Paper Buildings), Andrew Powell (4 Paper Buildings) and Susanna Rickard (Serjeants’ Inn Chambers).

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