39 Essex Chambers is deeply committed to the implementation and promotion of equal opportunities.   We have an Equality and Diversity Working Group that oversees our Equality Action Plan; we have four Equality and Diversity Officers (barristers) and a Diversity Data Officer (senior staff member).   We are particularly proud of the number of female QCs we have and the diverse socio-economic background of our barristers.

Recent initiatives include:

  • A comprehensive programme of support for barristers on parental leave. This programme commences prior to taking leave and continues until 12 months post return. It is for both fathers and mothers and includes loans and financial support.
  • A wellbeing and mental health programme for barristers and staff. This includes training, external 24-hour support, mentoring and buddying, as well as the appointment of a Wellbeing Officer, a Mental Health First Aider and barrister ‘champions.
  • Targeted training for all within Chambers, including equality and diversity, unconscious bias and leadership training.

Our current external partnerships include:

  • Bridging the Bar – this is a flagship programme to increase the equality of access to opportunities in the legal profession across underrepresented groups. We are participating in the mini-pupillage scheme, providing candidates with experience of life in chambers and guidance on how they can enjoy a career at the Bar.
  • The Sutton Trust – the Trust works to improve access to higher education and employment opportunities for high attaining students form lower income families. With the Trust, we are running a work experience placement programme for law students.

To view our diversity league table results 2020, please click here.

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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