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Setting up a Bar Based Network

Purpose: To support barristers who are interested in setting up a network relating to equality and diversity at the Bar.
Scope of application: All barristers
Issued by: The Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committee
First reviewed: 12/04/2022
Last reviewed: 12/04/2022
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this page. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook

Informal networks support career advancement through networking and can provide a vital source of support for members of under-represented communities at the Bar.
This guide provides advice and tips for those interested in setting up and running effective networks.


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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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