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Subconscious Bias

Purpose: Guide to concepts of sub and unconscious bias and its potential impact on decisions affecting barristers' practices.
Scope of application: All practising barristers/chambers
Issued by: The Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committee
First reviewed: 01/11/2013
Last reviewed: 01/01/2016
Status and effect: Please see the notice at the end of this page. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

This guide aims to increase understanding of subconscious bias; and to suggest steps to reduce its impact on decisions affecting barristers’ practices including the management of chambers, the assessment of pupils, recruitment and the allocation of work.

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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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