BSB publishes its Report on Diversity at the Bar 2022 – Bar Standards Board

Posted January 30th, 2023 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a summary of the latest available diversity data for the Bar. Overall, the data shows the continuation in 2022 of several longer-term trends, including an increase in the proportion of practising barristers who are female; who are from a minority ethnic background; who have primary care of a child; who have a disability; and who are aged 55 or more. The most noticeable increase was a rise of 3.3 percentage points in the proportion of pupils who are female to 59.9 per cent.’

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Bar Standards Board, 27th January 2023

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Judiciary calls on office holders to avoid “shouting” and treat others fairly in ‘expected behaviours’ list – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 24th, 2023 in bias, complaints, diversity, judiciary, news, professional conduct by sally

‘The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has published a list of expected behaviours for judicial office holders, which includes a call to avoid “shouting or snapping” and to ensure that no one in a hearing room is exposed to bias or prejudice.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd January 2023

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

External research on equality and diversity in the work of the Sentencing Council published – Sentencing Council

Posted January 16th, 2023 in diversity, equality, news, sentencing by tracey

‘New research that examines the potential and perceived impact of sentencing guidelines on specific groups of offenders has been published by the Sentencing Council.’

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Sentencing Council, 10th January 2023

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Half of black British police suffer racial incidents from colleagues, survey finds – The Guardian

Posted December 16th, 2022 in bullying, diversity, equality, harassment, news, police, race discrimination, racism, statistics by tracey

‘More than half of Britain’s black police officers and staff suffered racial incidents from colleagues in the past year, a survey has found.’

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The Guardian,15th December 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

In conversation with District Tribunal Judge Noel Arnold – Courts & Tribunals Judiciary

Posted December 15th, 2022 in diversity, judges, judiciary, news by tracey

‘In conversation with District Tribunal Judge Noel Arnold.’

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Courts & Tribunals Judiciary, 8th December 2022

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Report urges “impact targets” for judicial diversity initiatives – Legal Futures

Posted December 13th, 2022 in diversity, judiciary, news, reports by sally

‘There should be targets to help measure whether efforts to improve judicial diversity are achieving their goals, a report for the Judicial Diversity Forum (JDF) has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

In conversation with District Judge (MC) Briony Clarke – Courts & Tribunals Judiciary

Posted December 2nd, 2022 in diversity, equality, judges, magistrates, news, women by tracey

‘Find out about District Judge (MC) Briony Clarke’s career journey and her experiences of being a woman in the legal profession.’

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Courts & Tribunals Judiciary, 1st December 2022

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Race at the Bar progress report: Much to celebrate, much more to do – The Bar Council

Posted December 2nd, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, race discrimination, statistics by tracey

‘One year on from the ground-breaking Race at the Bar report, the Bar Council has published an interim progress report on action being taken across the Bar to address race inequality.’

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The Bar Council, 30th November 2022

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Neurodivergence in the CJS and the role of the Bar (1) – Counsel

Posted November 8th, 2022 in autism, barristers, criminal justice, disabled persons, diversity, dyslexia, news by sally

‘Thinking differently, engaging differently: the first of this two-part series by Dr Tom Smith looks at the experience of neurodivergent individuals in the criminal justice system and how barristers can mitigate/aggravate the challenges.’

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Counsel, November 2022

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Interview with Deputy High Court Judge Margaret Obi – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted October 28th, 2022 in diversity, judges, judiciary, news, solicitors by tracey

‘In our interview Deputy High Court Judge Margaret Obi talks about her Nigerian upbringing and its influences on her career, her journey from solicitor to judge and her hopes for the future of the judiciary.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 27th October 2022

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Black judges will be under-represented in judiciary until 2149, says Law Society – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2022 in diversity, judiciary, minorities, news, statistics by sally

‘It will take more than 125 years before Black people are properly represented within the England and Wales judiciary at the current rate of progress, the Law Society has found.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Judiciary in England and Wales ‘institutionally racist’, says report – The Guardian

‘The judiciary in England and Wales is “institutionally racist”, with more than half of legal professionals surveyed claiming to have witnessed a judge acting in a racially biased way, according to a report.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Only 90 of 13,000 partners at England and Wales law firms are Black – report – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2022 in diversity, equality, law firms, news, statistics by sally

‘Just 90 of more than 13,000 partners at major law firms in England and Wales are Black, according to a report, which says more must be done to address the underrepresentation.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Approaches to diversity, technology and adding value are the three most pressing issues for 2022 for legal profession, says senior judge – Local Government Lawyer

‘The three most pressing issues for the legal profession in 2022 are its approach to diversity, the adoption of new technologies, and the need to find ways to add value, the Master of the Rolls has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th October 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

In conversation with Lady Justice Nicola Davies and Tribunal Judge Safia Iman – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted August 26th, 2022 in diversity, judiciary, news, women by tracey

‘Inspired by the centenary of Dr Ivy Williams, the first woman to be called to the Bar in England and Wales, we interviewed Lady Justice Nicola Davies and Tribunal Judge Safia Iman as they spoke with one another about their experiences as women in the judiciary.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 23rd August 2022

Source: www.judiciary.uk

“Little evidence” of discrimination or harassment on Bar courses – Legal Futures

Posted August 25th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal education, news by sally

‘There is little evidence of bullying, discrimination and harassment on Bar training courses, students have reported as part of Bar Standards Board (BSB) research into equality and diversity (E&D) at the vocational stage of training.’

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Legal Futures, 25th August 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Diversity concerns as Supreme Court reappoints old guard – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 19th, 2022 in bills, diversity, judges, news, retirement, Supreme Court, women by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has appointed two recently-retired judges as justices, which critics have pointed out means that men called David now outnumber women by three to one on the UK’s highest court.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th August 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Academy for aspiring barristers from under-represented groups goes live – Legal Futures

Posted August 11th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, news by sally

‘An academy scheme for aspiring barristers from under-represented groups has launched a year-long programme to give 100 students access to internships – including at the Supreme Court – mini-pupillages, mentoring and life coaching.’

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Legal Futures, 11th August 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Allison Bailey: Barrister awarded £22,000 in discrimination case – BBC News

‘A barrister has won part of her employment tribunal claim that she was discriminated against because of her gender-critical views.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Research highlights ethnic minority attainment gap on Bar course – Legal Futures

Posted July 20th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, examinations, legal education, news, statistics by sally

‘The attainment gap between ethnic minority and White students in the centrally assessed modules of the Bar professional training course (BPTC) was “broadly similar” to other modules but with a higher impact on pass rates, research by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has found.’

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Legal Futures, 20th July 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk