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Diversity & Inclusion

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Please see below the full North Eastern Circuit diversity and equality film.

This is a ground-breaking resource funded by the North Eastern Circuit, in partnership with the four Inns of Court and the Bar Council. It is aimed at school and college age students and is designed to encourage as many as possible, to see the Bar as a potential career for them, regardless of their backgrounds. It is also our ultimate aim that the film should be available in every school in the country. Therefore, if you have any connections to any educational establishments, then please feel free to pass the link on to them.

Thereafter, if anyone wanted further information, then please contact Glenn Parsons or Celine Delal Kart, at the following designated email address: People can also follow us on Instagram #necdiversity&equality.

Finally, can I thank the leader of Circuit, Richard Wright QC, the Treasurer Gill Batts, our Director Matthew Harding and producer Philippa Pudney, as well as the Inns, the Bar Council and everyone on the NEC for making this exciting project possible. Last but not least, can I thank all the contributors for telling their stories.

Regards and best wishes

Glenn Parsons


IMG_7869The North Eastern Circuit was honoured that the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Dame Victoria Sharp, visited Leeds on the 13th June 2022 to meet with practitioners and local Judges, to offer her insight into career progression at the Bar and on the Bench and to support the Circuit in its efforts to improve the diversity of our appointments to silk and to the Bench. The event was arranged and hosted by one of our Presiding Judges, Mrs Justice Lambert.

The North Eastern Circuit Diversity Scholarship was established in 2021. The aim of the programme is to actively promote diversity at the Bar of England and Wales, by providing support to those who would wish to enter the profession and who are also from groups that are currently underrepresented at the Bar. The event was attended by Brogan Riley who received the main scholarship award in 2021. The North Eastern Circuit was delighted to be able to give her a set of robes kindly gifted by Her Honour Judge Nancy Hillier and which were presented to her by Dame Victoria Sharp. Brogan impressed the Scholarship Committee with the hard work and determination she had shown in financing her studies and by setting out a persuasive case as to how the award would make a real difference to her future.

In the meantime please contact: Glenn Parsons, Chair of the NEC Diversity Outreach Programme -

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The online tool for the Bar to confidentially and anonymously report inappropriate behaviour and concerns relating to Covid-19

Spot can be used if something happens to you or if you witness an incident. Find out more about how Spot can help with reporting discrimination, bullying, harassment or Covid-19 concerns.

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