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Diversity Data 2015

The collection of diversity data is part of Park Square Barristers’ strategy to ensure that we promote equality & diversity in our policies and practice. Following the creation of Park Square Barristers in February 2015, we have now collected our diversity data and summarised it for publication.

Bar Standards Board Guidance

According to the Bar Standards Board’s Equality and Diversity Guidance, ‘Equality policies by themselves will not bring about equality. Through the collection and analysis of data chambers are in a position to ensure that checks can be made on whether or not policies and action plans are being implemented and whether or not they are working. Without data, it is impossible to establish the nature or extent of any inequality and therefore devise appropriate measures to reduce or remove it.’

Notable features of our diversity data

  • The majority of those members of Park Square Barristers who participated in the survey attended state secondary education
  • Almost half of Park Square Barristers’ members who attended university were the first generation in their family to do so
  • Park Square Barristers is in line with the national picture in respect of gender representation
  • Park Square Barristers is in line with the national picture in respect of practising barristers who are Black Minority Ethnic (BME)
  • The national picture for the retention of women, as described by the Bar Council, is: ‘Women are well represented at pupillage stage but numbers steadily decline with seniority.’ The retention data at Park Square Barristers is strong, showing consistent numbers for age ranges 25–34 [11], 35–44 [8] and 45–54 [11].

Diversity at the Bar 2014

When comparing Park Square Barristers with the Bar Standards Board Report on Diversity at the Bar, Autumn 2014, we are in line with the national picture:

Female barristers

  • National average — 38%
  • Park Square Barristers — 38%

Practising barristers disclosing as Black/minority ethnic (BME)

  • National average — 12%
  • Park Square Barristers — 11%

‘Prefer not to say’ responses

  • National average — minimal
  • Park Square Barristers — minimal.

Further diversity among members, clerks & support staff

  • 38 are primary carers for a child/ren aged under 18
  • We collected evidence of members who have a disability according to the Equality Act 2010
  • We collected evidence of diversity in religion and belief
  • We collected evidence of diversity in sexual orientation.