The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has introduced new rules that will remove restrictions on the reporting of diversity characteristics at the Bar. Previously, every member had to give their consent before anonymised data was published.

The new rule means data regarding religion and sexual orientation of members will be available. However data will not be published if there is a risk of any individuals being identified. Members are not required to disclose their diversity characteristics if they do not want to. 

It is hoped that the publication of data will showcase a more accurate picture of the Bar’s diversity. To read more about the new initiative, click here.