Chambers operates an equal opportunities policy and 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.
Access to the profession is an increasingly acute issue. Chambers is pleased to be involved in initiatives aimed at increasing diversity. It participates in the Pegasus Access 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. 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 programme. The aim of our involvement in this programme 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. Chambers also hosts meetings of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
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 and BME Legal.
Chambers expects to make reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates and encourages applications from groups which are under-represented at the Bar in Chambers.
Chambers is committed to well-being. In 2019, for example, a mentoring scheme for members was established, 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.
In recent years, we have given 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.
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 in partnership with the music services of the London boroughs of Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest.
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.