I enjoyed this balanced piece in Counsel Magazine on the very welcome "Snapshot" initiative.

As an experienced ex-barristers' clerk it struck me that there was an important omission from the list of recommendations, namely that there should be greater dialogue with the solicitors branch of the profession to promote awareness and to encourage diversity in the procurement of the services of the Bar. They are ultimately in the driving seat when it comes to the allocation of work, certainly more so than the clerks. It would be interesting to explore whether law firms keep any diversity data in relation to the instruction of counsel. I suspect not and my quick exploration of this question on Twitter revealed no awareness of this practice.

I hope the Bar Council takes note and takes the initiative pursuing this important avenue.