Equality and Diversity

 

New Square Chambers is committed to promoting and advancing equality and diversity with respect to the provision of services to clients, the recruitment and retention of members of Chambers, staff, clerks, pupils and mini-pupils, patterns of working, and allocation of work. We intend to create and promote a culture that actively values diversity and inclusion, and recognises that people from different backgrounds and experiences offer valuable insight and improve Chambers as a whole. 

We are, of course, committed to compliance with all relevant equality legislation, including but not limited to the Equality Act 2010, Codes of Practice, and relevant best practice guidance. No member of Chambers or staff, pupil, mini-pupil or client will be discriminated against on the basis of his or her race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religion, political persuasion or age. 

We have a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination, harassment, victimisation, and all other forms of unfair and/or unequal treatment. We aim, therefore, to pro-actively tackle any such discrimination or unfair treatment, and to ensure that no individual or group is directly or indirectly discriminated against for any reason relating to employment or accessing services. However, we also recognise that positive action may be lawful and appropriate in certain cases. 

We recognise that equality of opportunity is fair, commercially advantageous and constitutionally important. To that end, we have in place a number of policies, including a Fair Access to Work Policy, Recruitment Policies for tenants and staff, and a Pupillage Policy, and an Equality Action Plan

To view Chambers’ Equality & Diversity Policy, please click here.To view Chambers’ Harassment and Bullying Policy, please click here.

To view our diversity data please click here.


Reasonable Adjustments

We will make reasonable adjustments in order to remove or reduce substantial disadvantage for disabled people working with Chambers, or receiving legal services from Chambers.

We will provide reasonable adjustments for members of Chambers, staff, clerks, pupils, mini-pupils and visitors to Chambers. The following are examples of the types of reasonable adjustment which may be made:

  • Provision of information in alternative formats;
  • Provision of auxiliary aids; and
  • Provision of accessible conference room facilities.

Please communicate any requests for reasonable adjustments to Chambers’ Equality and Diversity Officers, Alexander Learmonth and/or Raj Sahonte, or to the barrister whom you are instructing.

To view Chambers’ Reasonable Adjustments Policy, please click here.

 

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Social Mobility Mini-Pupillage

We recognise that the Bar as a whole, Chambers, and our individual members can do more to encourage social mobility and diversity in both recruitment, retention and career progression at the Bar. To that end, we are proud to have launched the following initiatives in recent years:

  • Social Mobility Mini-Pupillage (please click here to find out more);
  • Gateway to the Chancery Bar Seminar Programme for prospective pupillage applicants; and
  • Q&A and careers advice for high-achieving state school pupils.

Members of Chambers also sit on various equality and diversity committees, and engage in personal outreach activity (such as partnering with local schools and attending events hosted by the Inns of Court).

If you would like a member of Chambers to be involved in an outreach event, to judge an advocacy competition, or to speak at your school or in your community, please do get in touch with our Practice Managers.