Useful organisations at the Bar
|Society of Asian Lawyers||Jo Sidhu QC Jo.Sidhu@sky.com|
|Society of Black Lawyers||Peter Herbert PHerbert5law@aol.com|
|Association of Muslim Lawyers||Amjad Malik QC email@example.com|
|Association of Asian Women Lawyers||Hanisha Patel HPatel@7BR.co.uk|
|Association of Women Barristers||Neelam Sarkaria firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Panel of Disability Advisors||Sam Mercer SMercer@BarCouncil.org.uk|
|Bar Lesbian and Gay Group (BLAGG)||Claire Fox email@example.com and
Hassan Khan firstname.lastname@example.org
A full list of contacts is available here: www.wellbeingatthebar.org.uk/barristers-support/
The Bar Council has a Disability Panel with a range of expertise. Members are able to provide barristers with specific advice relating to a range of disabilities and their impact on practice, including mental health and HIV/AIDS. . In the first instance contact Sam Mercer at SMercer@BarCouncil.org.uk or Onyeka Onyekwelu, OOnyekwelu@BarCouncil.org.uk.
Harassment and Bullying
Remember that harassment and bullying is behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated or offended and is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010. It is for the individual concerned to determine whether they feel intimidated and/or offended.
Reporting to the BSB
Barristers are guilty of serious misconduct if they fail to report serious misconduct by others to the BSB (BSB Handbook rC66 and gC96).
The BSB requires that all Chambers must have an Equality Officer, who is sufficiently senior to be able to act efficiently with complaints. At the commencement of pupillage, most Chambers now give pupils an introductory manual enclosing a copy of its Equality Policy and which will include a policy on handling grievances and complaints. If you are not given one, have a look on the Chambers website (many Chambers now publish them publicly) or ask the clerks to let you have it.
For further information and resources please see www.wellbeingatthebar.org.uk.