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Race Terminology Guide

Purpose: A short guide for chambers on the use of language when talking about race
Scope of application: All practicing barristers/chambers
Issued by: Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committee (Race Working Group)
First reviewed: 03/12/2020
Last reviewed: 03/12/2020
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

This guide is intended to help chambers to use appropriate terminology when carrying out race equality work; specifically, in relation to referring to individuals and groups in terms of ethnicity.

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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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