Equality and diversity

Chambers is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion both within Chambers and more generally at the Bar and in society. Our belief is equality, diversity and inclusion and the tackling of discrimination provides the widest pool of talent which benefits chambers, the Bar and wider society. Chambers recognises and values difference and is committed to no individual or group being discriminated against.

Safety and Respect

Chambers is pledged to providing an environment conducive to safety and respect. Chambers is that of a sole practitioner, so persons associated with chambers are limited, but dignity and respect are extended to all those who are associated with chambers including any persons who may be working in chambers, clients and other visitors. Disabled clients are able to access chambers’ services; it is accessible to people using wheelchairs. A number of chambers’ clients are public authorities who have comprehensive equality and diversity policies and correctly wish to ensure that barristers from who they source legal services are similarly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and the tackling of discrimination. On all occasions they have been fully satisfied that their values are shared and applied by chambers.

Social Responsibility

Charitable work is done to support organisations’ efforts to promote equality and diversity. A number of clients are fire and rescue authorities which have among their objectives the broadening of the work force to include more diversity among fire fighters, and chambers encourages and assist in this objective. The Sole Practitioner also works with groups with non-traditional backgrounds, to encourage them to progress to higher studies and enter the professions.

Diversity Report 2019

In accordance with the requirements of the Bar Standards Board, Chambers conducts regular surveys to collect equality and diversity data in respect of its workforce. As abovementioned, Chambers is that of a Sole Practitioner and it noted that for the purposes of Rule rC110 the steps which it is reasonable to take will depend on all the circumstances, which include, but are not limited to:  the arrangements in place in chambers for the management of chambers; and “any role which you play in those arrangements.”

A summary of the data collected in Chambers’ most recent survey is set out below; it was based on the response in July 2019.

Highlights from our 2019 responses. In connection with the information below.

Chambers is committed to promoting and developing equality and diversity in all aspects of a tenant’s life. 

Chambers has no QCs. The data of the membership is as follows. Where characteristics might risk identification, the data is published with the full consent of those who might be affected. 

Gender

  Female Male Did not state
Barristers 0 1 100% 0
Pupils 0 0 0
Employees 0 0
Did not state 0

Ethnicity

  White British Multiple Ethnic Groups Did not state
Barristers 0 1 100% 0
Pupils 0 0 0
Employees 0 0 0
Did not state 0 0

Disability: There was no identification with any disability 

         
Barristers 0      
Pupils 0      
Employees 0      
Did not state 0      

Age

  16 - 24 25 - 34 35 - 44 45 - 54 55 - 64 65 + Did not state
Barristers 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (100%)
Pupils 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Employees 0 0 0
Did not state 0 0 0 0 0 0 1(100%)

Religion or Belief

  Christian Other Religion No Religion Did not state
Barristers 1 100% 0 0 0
Pupils 0 0 0 0
Employees 0 0 0 0
Did not state 0 0 0 0

Sexual Orientation

  Heterosexual Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual Did not state
Barristers 1 0 0
Pupils 0 0 0
Employees 0 0 0

Socio-Economic Background

  1st Gen of family to go to university Not 1st Gen to go to University Didn't go to university Attended UK State School Attended a UK Independent - Fee-paying School Attended School outside UK
Barristers 0 0 0 0 1
Pupils 0 0 0 0 0  
Employees 0 0 0 0 0 1
Did not state 0 0 0 0 0 0

Caring Responsibilities 

  Primary Carer for Child(ren) under 18 Carer for family/friends/other Neither Both
    1-19 hours per week 20-49 hours per week 50+ hours per week    
Barristers  0 1 0 0 0 0
Pupils 0 0 0 0 0 0
Employees 0 0 0 0 36 0
Did not state 0 0 0 0 0 0