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The Specialist Commercial Bar & Black Inclusion – First Steps


The Equality and Diversity Sub-Committees of COMBAR, ChBA and Tecbar (the “SBAs”) are delighted to issue the report “The Specialist Commercial Bar & Black Inclusion – First Steps” (“the Report”) for consideration by members and member sets.

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The Report was commissioned by the three SBAs who wished to collaborate on this important topic. It is authored by a sub-committee of five practising barristers who are members of the SBAs, to whom we are immensely grateful.
The work of the Black Inclusion Group ("BIG") Committee follows, and adds to, the important work of the Bar Council’s Race Working Group in its report dated November 2021. We encourage all our member sets of chambers to consider carefully what is set out in this Report alongside your existing programmes.  We will ourselves continue to develop and put in effect practical initiatives which fall within the remit of the work of the SBAs and which we believe will be of material benefit.  This is work that is already ongoing.  We will ourselves keep this under review and we encourage you to do the same and attend the formal launch of the Report which the authors are organising.

Once more we thank the BIG Committee and everyone who contributed to this Report.  We look forward together with each of our member sets to making real progress in this area.