Equal Opportunities: A fine balance
As the primary recruiting ground for the judiciary, the Bar has found its ethnic and gender diversity under constant scrutiny. But in addressing the issue, the profession must not compromise its quality or independence, says Barbara Hewson
How do women fare at the Bar of England and Wales? Bar Council statistics for December 2002 show the sexes entering the profession in equal numbers. The number of men and women in pupillage was 53% and 47% respectively, and the proportion of ethnic minorities, at 20%, was high.
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