Diversity data

November 2019

In accordance with the Bar Standards Board Handbook, XXIV Barristers’ Chambers has
surveyed its workforce with a view to collecting and publishing equality and diversity data.
The purpose of the BSB rules is to provide transparency concerning recruitment and
employment activities and to encourage an independent, strong, diverse and effective legal
profession.

Equality and diversity data is considered to be information relating to the following
characteristics: age, gender, disability, ethnic group, religion or belief, sexual orientation,
socio-economic background and caring responsibilities.

The survey was conducted anonymously and in accordance with the BSB rules. Participation
in the survey was voluntary.

The data summarised below is based on the responses actually received, and may not reflect
the position that would have applied if all those eligible to participate had chosen to do so.

Each diversity characteristic is categorised against job status and role in a manner which
reflects seniority within Chambers. In order to be able to provide any data for publication,
XXIV Barristers’ Chambers publishes its data in the following categories:

  • Barristers (including QCs, junior barristers and pupils)
  • Staff

Data is not published where its publication might reasonably lead to the identification of

individuals.  Data for other diversity characteristics other than those shown below was
collected, but its publication might lead to the identification of individuals.)

The data was collated up to 30th November 2019 and reflects the position at that date. The
information is rounded to the nearest percentage point.  Not all questions were answered by
every participant.

Age

(Number in brackets = size of the group)

16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+
Barristers 0 30% (7) 13% (3) 26% (6) 18% (4) 13% (3)
Staff 20% (2) 40% (4) 20% (2) 10% (1) 10% (1) 0

 

Gender

Male Female
Barristers 70% (16) 30% (7)
Staff 70% (7) 30% (3)

 

Disability

Do you consider yourself to have a disability according to the definition in the Equality Act
2010?

Yes No
Barristers 0 100% (22)
Staff 0 100% (9)

 

Limitations

Are your day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has
lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?

Yes No
Barristers 5% (1) 95% (21)
Staff 0 100% (9)

 

Ethnic group

Ethnicity Asian / Asian British African / Caribbean / Black British Mixed / multiple ethnic groups White Other ethnic group
Barristers 9% (2) 0% (0) 5% (1) 86% (19) 0% (0)
Staff 0% (0) 0% (0) 0% (0) 100% (1) 0% (0)

 

University

Did you attend university to study a BA, BSc or higher course?

Yes No
Barristers 95% (19) 1% (1)
Staff 33% (3) 67% (6)

 

First at university

Were you part of the first generation of your family to attend university?

Yes No
Barristers 0% (0) 100% (19)
Staff 33% (3) 67% (6)

 

State vs fee-paying school

Did you mainly attend a state or fee paying school between the ages of 11 and 18?

UK state school UK independent / fee-paying school Attended school outside UK
Barristers 48% (10) 43% (9) 9% (2)
Staff 67% (6) 22% (2) 11% (1)

 

Primary carer for a child

Are you a primary carer for a child or children under 18?

Yes No
Barristers 30% (7) 70% (16)
Staff 22% (2) 78% (7)

 

Looking after / helping family members with disabilities / old age

(Time spent = per week)

No Yes: 1-19hrs Yes: 20-49hrs Yes: 50+hrs
Barristers 91% (21) 9% (2) 0% (0) 0% (0)
Staff 60% (6) 40% (4) 0% (0) 0% (0)

 

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