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Earnings Monitoring Toolkit

Purpose: Calculating work distribution in chambers
Scope of application: All practicing barristers/chambers
Issued by: Bar Council
First reviewed: 30/10/2023

This toolkit provides chambers with guidance for monitoring earnings and demonstrates how earnings can be used to assess the distribution of work. It provides practical guidance on different monitoring methods and steps to take if any issues are identified.

In this edition we have combined two previous guides – Monitoring Work Distribution Toolkit Part 1: Sex and Part 2: Race. We have selected the models from each toolkit which chambers found most useful and have introduced a new model using a box and whiskers methodology. As a result, some model numbers will be different from previous guides.

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Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.

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