Diversity at the Bar statistics revealed by Bar Standards Board

A report by the Bar Standards Board has revealed information surrounding diversity at the Bar.

The annual report for 2015 showed that “gender underrepresentation in the profession still remains an issue.” Women make up for 35.9 per cent of the practising bar (an increase of 0.9% since 2014) but only 13 per cent of QCs. 

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) barristers are also under-represented at the practising Bar, with only 6% of QCs declaring that they are BME and 90% declaring that they are white. There is no change in these figures since 2014.

BSB Director of Regulatory Policy Ewen MacLeod said: "There is a genuine need to gather evidence to make sure there are no barriers for competent barristers of any background to progressing their careers. We urge barristers to update their diversity information when asked by the regulator each year.

"This information helps us to identify trends and barriers, and to take action that will encourage an independent, strong, diverse and effective profession."