Diversity 

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EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY

We take very seriously our commitment to encouraging equality and diversity at the Bar.

In December 2010, the Black Solicitors Network published its 5th Diversity League Table. One Crown Office Row came top of the list of all Chambers surveyed and Linklaters headed the law firm list. The table was compiled from analysis of four diversity strands of disability, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. The overall rankings took into account the demographic rankings and “Policy & Practice”. We were named “Chambers of the Year” at the related Diversity Legal Awards.

On receiving the award, Philip Havers said – “We congratulate the Black Solicitors Network for its work on the Diversity League Table and are delighted with this year’s result. In all we do, we try to foster a culture that encourages and supports diversity and equality. We achieve this through our policies, our training and by the way we treat each other and those who come into contact with us. I welcome this recognition of what we do.”

We are a partner of the Inner Temple Pegasus Access Scheme which offers formal work experience opportunities (mini-pupillages) to students whose background and other circumstances might otherwise make it difficult for them to obtain such opportunities

DIVERSITY DATA

Our regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has introduced rules for the gathering and publication of diversity data. Chambers has appointed the Chambers Director to be its “Diversity Data Officer” and he conducted a survey in accordance with the survey questionnaire devised by the BSB (based on the model drafted by the Legal Services Board) during December 2012. The survey was voluntary and was carried out in such a way as to guarantee the anonymity of those who contributed to it. The summary of the data gathered in the survey is published below in accordance with the guidance set out in the relevant BSB rules.

BRIGHTON

We have 42 junior members and 2 pupils and 8 staff in Brighton which means that the response rate to the Data Diversity survey (which is entirely voluntary) was –

Junior Members and Pupils – 43%; Staff – 63%

Junior Members (including pupils*)

Total

Male (%)

Female (%)

Ethnic Minority (%)

Declared Disability (%)

Attended Independent/ Fee Paying School

Attended University (%)

First generation within family to attend university (%)

19

11 (58%)

8 (42%)

2 (10%)

0 (0%)

9 (47%)

19 (100%)

11 (58%)

*To preserve confidentiality for our pupils we have included them in this category

Staff (including Clerks)

Total

Male (%)

Female (%)

Ethnic Minority (%)

Declared Disability (%)

Attended Independent/ Fee Paying School

Attended University (%)

First generation within family to attend university (%)

5

3 (60%)

2 (40%)

0 (0%)

0 (0%)

0 (0%)

0 (0%)

0 (0%)

LONDON

We have 22 silks, 45 junior members, 3 pupils and 17 staff in London which means that the response rate to the Data Diversity survey (which is entirely voluntary) was –

Silks – 55%; Junior Members and Pupils – 38%; Staff – 65%

Silks

Total

Male (%)

Female (%)

Ethnic Minority (%)

Declared Disability (%)

Attended Ind/Fee Paying School (%)

Attended University (%)

First generation in family to attend university (%)

12

9 (75%)

2 (17%)

1 (8%)

0 (0%)

8 (67%)

12 (100%)

5 (42%)

Junior Members (including pupils*)

Total

Male (%)

Female (%)

Ethnic Minority (%)

Declared Disability (%)

Attended Independent/ Fee Paying School

Attended University (%)

First generation within family to attend university (%)

18

12 (67%)

6 (33%)

4 (7%)

0 (0%)

8 (44%)

18 (100%)

8 (44%)

*To preserve confidentiality for our pupils we have included them in this category

Staff (including Clerks)

Total

Male (%)

Female (%)

Ethnic Minority (%)

Declared Disability (%)

Attended Independent/ Fee Paying School

Attended University (%)

First generation within family to attend university (%)

11

6 (55%)

5 (45%)

1 (9%)

0 (0%)

1 (9%)

4 (36%)

2 (18%)

 

Our overall diversity statistics gathered from sources other than the voluntary Diversity Data Survey show the following –

Silks

Total

Male (%)

Female (%)

Ethnic Minority (%)

22

16 (73%)

6 (27%)

1 (4.5%)

Junior Members (including door tenants)

Total

Male (%)

Female (%)

Ethnic Minority (%)

97

60 (62%)

37 (38%)

14 (14%)