In accordance with the Bar Standards Board Handbook, XXIV Old Buildings 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
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 Old Buildings publishes its data in the following categories:
- Barristers (including QCs, junior barristers and pupils)
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
(Number in brackets = size of the group)
|Barristers||0||30% (7)||13% (3)||26% (6)||18% (4)||13% (3)|
|Staff||20% (2)||40% (4)||20% (2)||10% (1)||10% (1)||0|
|Barristers||70% (16)||30% (7)|
|Staff||70% (7)||30% (3)|
Do you consider yourself to have a disability according to the definition in the Equality Act
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?
|Barristers||5% (1)||95% (21)|
|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)|
Did you attend university to study a BA, BSc or higher course?
|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?
|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?
|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)|