Selborne Chambers is committed to equality and diversity in the workplace with equal opportunity for everyone. We consider it essential that we maintain high standards in relation to equality and diversity. We strive to ensure that the principle of fair and equal treatment is upheld in all areas of our business. This includes the recruitment of pupils, members and staff, practice development of members of Chambers and the promotion of staff.

Selborne Chambers will not tolerate discrimination against clients, members of Chambers, pupils or staff on grounds of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, religion or belief.

Chambers has a number of policies in place to promote equality and diversity:

(i) Parental Leave Policy

(ii) Fair Access to Work Policy

(iii) Anti-harassment Policy

(iv) Flexible Working Policy

(v) Complaints and Grievances Procedure

Chambers is proud that its members support pro bono activities and social mobility projects. We have members who carry out pro bono work both through and outside Advocate (formerly known as the Bar Pro Bono Unit) and the Chancery Bar Litigant in Person Scheme (CLIPS) and we have a member who sits on the Bar Council’s Pro Bono Board.

We participate every year in the Bar Council/Social Mobility Project placement scheme which enables sixth form students from disadvantaged backgrounds to see life at the Bar and to encourage them to consider the law as a possible career for them when they might not otherwise do so. We also take part in the Middle Temple/COMBAR placement scheme, which operates on a similar basis for law students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Diversity Data

In accordance with the requirements of the Bar Standards Board (“BSB”), Selborne Chambers conducts surveys in order to collect and publish equality and diversity data in respect of its workforce (both barristers and non-barristers). These surveys assist Selborne Chambers in monitoring the success of its equality and diversity policies. Selborne Chambers is also required to publish summaries of the data collected, to help provide transparency in recruitment and encourage diversity in the profession. Chambers’ policy for the collection and retention of diversity data is available here. The latest survey was carried out in March 2019 and a summary of the data is available here.