Bar Council apologises over 64 per cent tenancy stat gaffe

The Bar Council has issued an apology over its Bar Barometer report, released this week, which erroneously stated that the number of new tenancies had fallen by 64 per cent in a single year.

The 2014 version of the annual report surveys the Bar and BPTC students on a number of factors including ethnicity and gender, and measures the numbers of entrants to the Bar, comparing them with previous years.

The news that tenancy numbers had dropped from 541 newly-registered places in 2010/11 to just 194 in 2011/12 was swiftly picked up by legal commentators and Twitter.

The Bar Council apologised for its mistake, releasing the following statement: “The recently published Bar Barometer listed the number of new tenancies for 2011/12 as 194. This figure is incorrect. We are in the process of confirming the final figure, but current indications are that it will be more closely aligned with previous years.

“We are seeking to understand how this error occurred and are looking at related statistics which may require amendment as a result. We will issue a further update as soon as we can and apologise for this mistake.”

This is not the first time in recent years that the Bar Council has been forced to apologise over releasing incorrect figures. In September 2012, it submitted incorrect figures to the Ministry of Justice in support of its proposals to abolish the Legal Services Board.