Social Responsibility

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Pro Bono and Charitable Work

Many of our barristers undertake work on a pro bono basis for suitably deserving cases. Most of the pro bono cases, which Members of Chambers undertake are received from either the Bar Pro Bono Unit of which Keating Chambers is a founding member and FRU (Free Representation Unit). In some cases Members of Chambers may be willing to advise or represent litigants on a direct access or public access basis.

For enquiries in relation to public access pro bono cases, email the Practice Management Teams at clerks@keatingchambers.com.

Keating Chambers have been enthusiastic supporters of a number of charity initiatives over the last year:

  • Chambers was particularly festive on 15 December 2017, as members and staff donned Christmas jumpers as part of Christmas Jumper Day – a national initiative to fundraise for Save the Children.
  • In February 2018, Chambers was awash with baked goods in support of the London Legal Support Trust’s ‘Great Legal Bake’.
  • March 2018 saw a number of barristers and staff participate in the Sport Relief Step Challenge, in which they collectively took the equivalent number of steps as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro 7.5 times.

Chambers also annually participates in a number of charity sporting events, including football, softball and the London Legal Support Trust’s London Legal Walk.

Law Rocks!

Keating Chambers has a long established relationship with Law Rocks! “Battle of the Bands” events, where bands from solicitors’ firms and other clients compete for honour of the “best band” title. Keating Chambers’ band Demolition were victorious in London in October 2017 with a band featuring Marcus Taverner QC (lead guitar), Calum Lamont (vocals and keyboard), Ben Sareen (bass guitar), Sarah Williams (vocals and keyboard), Oliver Goldsmith (drums) and Maddy Ilsley (vocals and bass guitar). The band will be performing again during the week of the IBA Conference (8-12 October) in Rome and at ‘6 of the Best’ in London on 7 November. We are proud to sponsor Law Rocks! in their charitable endeavours.

Equality & Diversity

Keating Chambers are strong supporters of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, which seeks to increase, on an equal opportunity basis, the number of women appointed as arbitrators in order to achieve a fair representation as soon practically possible, with the ultimate goal of full parity. Chambers promoted the Pledge at the recent book launch for 40 Under 40: International Arbitration, a collaboration between a diverse group of 40 arbitration practitioners, all under 40 years of age.

We also strongly advocate the Alliance for Equality in Dispute Resolution, a not for profit organisation with the goal of increasing diversity in the international dispute resolution community. Sarah Williams spoke at the Alliance launch event in May 2018, and Chambers proudly sponsored the networking reception.