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Equality and Diversity

The Criminal Bar Association is committed to matters concerning equality and diversity which directly or indirectly affect the Criminal Bar and the members of the Criminal Bar Association.

In particular to ensure :

  • Equality of Opportunity.
  • Compliance with the Equality and Diversity Code of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales.
  • Consideration of Equality and Diversity Principles and their impact on all issues affecting the criminal bar in particular response to government/ consultations, codes of practice / expectation statements issued by the Crown Prosecution Service, H.M.Attorney General and all other bodies in relation to the professional work of the Criminal Bar.

The principles of equality and diversity have long been enshrined in the Bar’s Code of Conduct and the Bar Council along with associations such as the CBA have sought to develop these principles.


If you would like to talk to someone in confidence, these helplines are in place to assist

Mentoring Programmes

A number of programmes exist to support members via our affiliates

Training & Events

The Bar Council manage a number of courses in this area and can be found from this page


From this page you can access a number of useful guides and E&D Compliance

Research, Reports & Statistics

Access Published Reports on E&D from this page

Campaigns & Programmes

From this page you can access programmes run elsewhere and still in collaboration with the Bar

Special Interest Network

From this page you can access a number of Special Interest networks

The Code of Conduct, Rule 305.1.

305.1.1 A barrister must not in relation to any other person (including a client or another barrister or a pupil or an employee or a student member of an Inn of Court) discriminate2 directly or indirectly  because of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, religion or belief.