In brief: Bar equality rethink due to kick off

The Bar Council's revamped equality code is expected to come into effect this week after being finalised at the weekend council meeting, unless further refinements are to be made. Other major issues to be debated include controversial proposals for deferring call to the Bar until six months' pupillage are completed. An announcement was expected on the progress of proposals over the future of the Inns of Court School of Law. Under current proposals, the school may be taken over by an independent institution while the council will assume regulatory role of legal education.