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Legal regulator concerned over number of women barristers

Published 15/02/2016

Disproportionate numbers of women barristers are giving up the profession
Disproportionate numbers of women barristers are giving up the profession

Disproportionate numbers of women barristers are giving up the profession, according to a legal regulator.

The Bar Standards Board also says the percentage of women practising as barristers - 35% - has not changed for six years.

Board bosses, who regulate and monitor barristers' behaviour, have launched a survey of the experiences of women barristers in a bid to find out how well equality rules are working.

"Currently almost 50% of people called to the Bar are women, but women are leaving the profession in disproportionate numbers," says a "professional update" published by the board in legal magazine Counsel.

"There is a slow rate of progression as woman make up 35% of the practising Bar, the same percentage as in 2010."

The notice added: "Women's representation at the Bar is a growing conversation in the profession and wider society. It's in the public interest that regulation encourages a diverse profession."

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