26 September 2013

Bar Standards Board to hold Information Evening for chambers’ equality and diversity officers

To coincide with the one year anniversary of the BSB's equality rules coming into force, the BSB is holding an event to support chambers' equality officers in implementing the rules.

The event, entitled "Equality Rules One Year On: an information evening for chambers' EDOs" will be held on Wednesday 6 November at 5.45pm at Holborn Bars, 138-142 High Holborn, London, EC1N 2NQ. Former High Court Judge, The Hon. Dame Linda Dobbs DBE will give the keynote speech.

CPD accredited, the event will provide an opportunity to share information and best practice relating to areas of the rules identified as challenging during a recent BSB survey of chambers.

The keynote speech will be followed by workshops on work allocation monitoring, diversity data collection/publication, parental leave, harassment in chambers and reasonable adjustments in chambers.

This free event will conclude with an opportunity for chambers' equality officers to network and share experiences of implementing the rules.


Notes to editor

  • The Hon. Dame Linda Dobbs DBE was a High Court judge in England and Wales from 2004 to 2013. She was also a member of the General Council of the Bar and chaired the Professional Standards Committee and the Race Relations Committee.
  • Chambers will receive a letter of invitation from late September and will be able to register via Equality@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk.
  • The report published as a result of the BSB survey of chambers is available on the BSB website.
  • The Bar Standards Board regulates barristers called to the Bar in England and Wales in the public interest. It is responsible for:

o Setting the education and training requirements for becoming a barrister
o Setting continuing training requirements to ensure that barristers' skills are   maintained throughout their careers
o Setting standards of conduct for barristers
o Monitoring the service provided by barristers to assure quality, and handling complaints against barristers and taking disciplinary or other action where appropriate

Contact: the Bar Standards Board Press Office on 0207 611 1452.