The bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) have entered negotiations to amend the Bar Code of Conduct to give chambers staff more security.
The move comes after more than a dozen clerks and support staff across several chambers were dismissed in circumstances they felt were unfair and inappropriate. BSB chair Ruth Evans and IBC chair Declan Redmond met to discuss the viability of updating the code to ensure higher standards of personnel management.
Redmond said: “It’s important to ensure the right safeguards are in place for clerks and support staff. If the administration feels vulnerable it has an impact on the whole of chambers.”
Last month the Bar Council urged chambers to adhere to its practice management manual and the current equality code (The Lawyer, 28 January).