Diversity and Inclusion
Chambers is committed to promoting and advancing diversity and equality among its members and staff. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, political persuasion, disability, age or religion. We fully endorse the Bar Council's Equality and Diversity Code. Applications for pupillage/membership/employment are particularly welcomed from women, members of ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and other groups that are currently under-represented in Chambers.
Access to the profession is an acute issue which Chambers seeks to address. Chambers is involved in initiatives aimed at increasing diversity. Examples of these are below.
Bridging the Bar
Chambers is a founder member of Bridging the Bar, a charity founded in April 2020 and committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and diversity within the Bar of England and Wales at all professional levels.
The Sutton Trust
In 2020, Chambers began a partnership with the Sutton Trust directly, to work with 16-18 year olds from less advantaged backgrounds on their Pathways to Law scheme, continuing its work in 2021 via a virtual programme. The aim of our partnership with the Sutton Trust is to encourage participating students to give serious consideration to the Bar as a career option. The programme selects highly able 16 year olds from less advantaged backgrounds and provides them with a range of activities and experiences in the legal sector. The programme is delivered with universities across the country.
Pegasus Access Scheme
Chambers participates in the Inner Temple Pegasus Access and Support Scheme, which is a work experience programme administered by Inner Temple that aims to support those from diverse backgrounds who are considering a career at the Bar.
Middle Temple Outreach Programme
Chambers supports the Middle Temple Outreach Programme which seeks to reach and support able students from backgrounds which do not traditionally encourage aspirations for a career at the Bar.
Queen Mary Bar Society, University of London
Chambers has supported Queen Mary Bar Society’s Annual Diversity and Inclusion Networking Event since 2020. The event provides an opportunity for students to network with a diverse array of barristers, from all practice areas, reshaping the image many students have of the Bar.
Individual members support (and in some cases lead) programmes which seek to widen access to the profession. Examples include: the Lord Edmund-Davies Legal Education Trust, the University of Reading School of Law work experience bursaries scheme, the BLD Foundation, BME Legal and Bar Council social mobility activities.
Chambers is committed to well-being. We have an established a mentoring scheme for members, providing structured opportunities for knowledge sharing and for help and advice to be available across all levels of seniority. Our quarterly social events are on hold for the time being, but we uphold the tradition of Chambers’ tea, held remotely.
We give careful thought to ensuring our marketing events appeal to a wide range of clients, and are held at different times of day, for greatest possible access. This includes both academic and social events. .
Chambers is delighted to sponsor the London Sinfonietta's flagship schools programme, Sound Out, which puts creativity and composition at the heart of the partnership projects it runs with the music services of the London boroughs of Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest.
In the last year, Sound Out has reached in excess of 2,600 young people, teachers and parents across London, enabling more than 480 secondary pupils to experience a live performance in their school and 69 young people to compose their own music in response to visual art works.
Diversity in Chambers
What follows is a link to FTB Chambers’ Diversity Data which Chambers is required to publish in summary form in accordance with the Equality and Diversity Rules in the Bar Standards Board’s Code of Conduct for the Bar. The data is presented in percentage terms, reflecting the information derived from the total number of questionnaires returned by members and employees of Chambers. Not everyone returned a questionnaire (they were not under any obligation to do so) and so the summary does not therefore necessarily present a complete picture of the make-up of Chambers. Nevertheless, by presenting the data in this way, the anonymity of respondents is preserved, as required by the rules, where publication of data relating to a category group numbering less than 10 might lead to identification of individual respondents.