Gender, ethnicity, year of call and practising status affected likelihood of a compliant and how it would be dealt with

Research published by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has shown a correlation between certain characteristics, such as gender and ethnicity, and the likelihood of a complaint being made against a barrister and the outcome of the complaint. Years call appeared to have a slight impact, while certain practice areas were more prone to complaints than others.  

The Complaints Diversity Analysis looked at complaints made about barristers in England and Wales between January 2015 and October 2019. 

During the period under analysis, the BSB divided complaints into two categories: ‘i...

Suzanne Townley
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