Equality & Diversity

Equality & Diversity

EQUALITY & DIVERSITY STATEMENT

  1. Chambers is an equal opportunity organisation. It is committed to ensuring that within the framework of English and European law it is free from discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender (including gender reassignment), sexual orientation, religion or belief reassignment, age, marital status or physical or mental disability.
  2. Chambers values diversity and is committed to promoting diversity within its environs and generally by seeking to ensure that all individuals are treated fairly with dignity and respect and recognising and encouraging individual contributions to Chambers.
  3. Chambers aims to ensure that its barristers, pupils and staff achieve their full potential and that all decisions are taken without reference to irrelevant or discriminatory criteria. It has adopted the following equality and diversity policies as means of helping to achieve these aims.
  4. Chambers is committed to ensuring that all its clients, visitors, barristers, pupils, staff and all applicants for employment, consultancy, pupillage, mini pupillage, full tenancy and associate membership are protected from unlawful discrimination. It endeavours not to discriminate in all areas of recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, training, access to benefits and services and matters of discipline. All should be allowed to work in and with Chambers and use Chambers in an environment free from unlawful harassment, bullying or unsolicited or unwelcome comments or overtures.
  5. Chambers will regularly monitor and review the effectiveness of its equal opportunity and diversity goals and activities with a view to (a) eliminating discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct which is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010 (b) advancing the equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic, and persons who do not share it, and (c) fostering good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.
  6. Members of Chambers will comply with C110-112 of BSB Handbook and appropriate training will have been undertaken by relevant Members of Chambers in accordance with those provisions.
  7. Any complaints to the effect that Chambers has fallen short of any of these intentions will be taken seriously and handled fairly and promptly in line with the Disputes and Grievance Procedure.
  8. Chambers has an Equal Opportunities Officer and a Diversity Data Officer.
  9. Chambers is required by guidelines to publish anonymously in summary format diversity data on its website every three years.
  10. Chambers is required to collect and publish diversity data of its staff and members every three years. The last collection of diversity data was carried out in September 2014. The rate of participation was 43%. Where there are 10 individuals in a given category which may lead to those individuals being identified, data can only be published where participants have given the necessary consent. No category contains more than 10 individuals. In relation to pupil and tenant members full consent to publication was not given. Therefore, the data will not be published at this time.