Equality and Diversity

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We are fully committed to equality and diversity in both recruitment and the provision of services and all applications (be it for staff, tenants, pupils or mini-pupils) are considered on merit alone.

OUR POLICIES

All our selection procedures are operated without discrimination, that is to say without regard to irrelevant considerations such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, religion or belief, or age. We welcome applications for pupillage and mini-pupillage from candidates from all backgrounds and all sectors of the community with the ability and determination to succeed as a barrister.

WOMEN AT THE BAR

We aim to be at the forefront of gender diversity. We have a high percentage of females in Chambers across barristers and staff including a high proportion of female silks currently at 21%. We signed up to the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge in 2016, which seeks to improve the profile and representation of women in arbitration, and achieve greater female arbitrator appointments. We have also arranged targeted events for  students over the past four years to give them exposure to the Commercial Bar from the perspectives of female judges, members of Chambers and pupils, who will discuss their career highlights. This year’s event will be held virtually and you can register to attend via our “Women at the Commercial Bar” event page.

DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

We recognise the importance of the TECBAR BAME Network and its efforts enhance BAME inclusion, participation and progression at the Technology and Construction Bar. We have supported this by hosting CV workshops in Chambers to provide support and encouragement to BAME people considering a career at the Bar. In August 2020 we were pleased to announce ourselves as founding partners of “Bridging the Bar”, supporting their mission to ensure equality of opportunity and diversity within the Bar of England and Wales at all professional levels.

We have also adopted a contextual recruitment system for our pupillages, mini-pupillages and senior staff recruitment, which will improve our approach to secure people in Chambers from diverse backgrounds who might be disadvantaged by the traditional means of recruitment.