Equality & diversity

7 King’s Bench Walk is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. It is our policy to treat everyone equally and fairly, and to promote equality of opportunity. Our commitment is reflected in our policies, procedures and recruitment practices and embedded in our daily working lives.

Social Responsibility

7 King’s Bench Walk is committed to furthering equality and diversity and promoting access to the Bar regardless of background. As part of this commitment, we participate in the Pegasus Access and Support Scheme (PASS) and the Bar Placement Scheme, both of which are designed to expand opportunities for students from under-represented groups to experience life in Chambers. Many individual members also provide free representation through CLIPS, mentoring for those interested in a career at the Commercial Bar and support a variety of charitable causes.

Anti-Racism Statement

7 King’s Bench Walk is committed to being an anti-racist organisation. Recent wider social developments have impressed upon us the need to examine more closely what we can do, both as individuals and as an organization, to tackle racial injustice and eliminate racism in its many forms. We are in the process of considering what further steps we can take to produce meaningful and lasting change. Please click here to view our Anti-Racism Statement.

Wellbeing

7 King’s Bench Walk places a high value on the wellbeing of all members, pupils and staff. We strive to be a friendly and welcoming environment, in which every individual feels supported and respected throughout their career. We have a reputation as a collegiate place, where members and staff take time to look out for one another. Members’ doors are always open. We also have a mentoring scheme to support new tenants in the first two or three years of practice, as well as those returning to Chambers after a period of parental leave. Friday night drinks and daily Chambers’ tea provide regular opportunities for members and staff to socialize.

Parental Leave, career breaks and flexible working

Our commitment to promoting a healthy work-life balance is reflected in our generous parental leave, special leave, career break and flexible working policy. We recognise the particular challenges that face those who have to combine caring responsibilities with a career at the Commercial Bar. We strive to support our members in achieving a balance that works for them as individuals, and we are proud that many of our members are able successfully to combine a fulfilling career with family life.

Recruitment

7 King’s Bench Walk recognises the importance of improving diversity at the Bar and ensuring it remains accessible to, and inclusive of, the society it serves. We are committed to making 7 King’s Bench Walk as accessible as possible to talented candidates from any background.

We assess candidates for pupillage and tenancy on merit alone. However, we recognise that women, members of ethnic minorities, LGBT+ and those with disabilities are disproportionately under-represented at the Commercial Bar, including within 7 King’s Bench Walk. We particularly welcome applications from candidates within such groups.

Reasonable Adjustments

We are prepared and willing to make reasonable adjustments where this will assist people with disabilities to use Chambers’ services. Professional clients should identify to Chambers in advance any disabilities of particular clients which may require adjustments and/or adjustments that may be necessary to accommodate the needs of particular clients. Any such requests should be made to a senior clerk.

Diversity Data

Rule rC110.3q-t of the Code of Conduct contained in the BSB Handbook requires Chambers to publish a summary of its diversity data monitoring exercise, carried out every three years. The provision of such data is voluntary. Please click here to view the most recent summary of Chambers’ anonymized data.

Equality and Diversity Policies

Please visit the links below to view our equality and diversity policies:

Equality and Diversity Policy

Equal Access to and Fair Allocation of Work Policy

Equal Access to and Fair Allocation of Work Policy – Guidance

Grievance Procedure

Harassment Policy

Parental Leave, Special Leave, Career Break and Flexible Working Policy

Reasonable Adjustments Policy

Diversity Data Policy