Equality & diversity

Essex Court Chambers is committed to providing equality of opportunity regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, gender re-assignment, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, age, disability, religion or belief, political persuasion, pregnancy or maternity. For further information, please see Chambers’ written statement on equality and diversity.

Essex Court Chambers regularly holds in-house equality and diversity training sessions, conducted by external specialist advisers, for all members involved in recruitment.

Essex Court Chambers is committed to the furtherance of equality and diversity and promoting access to the legal profession and to the bar. For further information on the initiatives supported by members of Chambers in this respect, see the Social Responsibility page.

Chambers is accessible to people using wheelchairs and will consider any reasonable adjustments for disabled people working with Chambers or receiving legal services. For further information, please see Chambers’ reasonable adjustments policy.

Chambers is committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals, clients and the public are treated with dignity and respect. For further information, please see Chambers’ anti-harassment policy and Chambers’ grievance policy.

Chambers is committed to encouraging and supporting members of Chambers following the birth or adoption of a child, and enabling them to continue to build successful practices. For further information, please see Chambers’ policy on parental leave, flexible working and career breaks for members.

Equality and diversity data

In accordance with the Bar Standards Board Handbook, Essex Court Chambers has surveyed its workforce with a view to collecting and publishing equality and diversity data. The purpose of the BSB rules is to provide transparency concerning recruitment and employment activities and to encourage an independent, strong, diverse and effective legal profession.

Equality and diversity data is considered to be information relating to the following characteristics: age, gender, disability, ethnic group, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and caring responsibilities.

The survey was conducted anonymously and in accordance with the BSB rules. Participation in the survey was voluntary.

The data summarised below is based on the responses actually received, and may not reflect the position that would have applied if all those eligible to participate had chosen to do so.

Each diversity characteristic is categorised against job status and role in a manner which reflects seniority within Chambers. In order to be able to provide any data for publication, Essex Court Chambers publishes its data in the following categories:

  • Barristers (including QCs, junior barristers and pupils).
  • Staff.

It is our policy not to publish data related to sexual orientation and religion or belief. Data is not published where its publication might reasonably lead to the identification of individuals. The equality and diversity data that meets the conditions for publication is as follows. (Data for other diversity characteristics was collected, but its publication might lead to the identification of individuals.)

The data was collated up to 7th December 2015 and reflects the position at that date. The information is rounded to the nearest percentage point. Not all questions were answered by every participant.

Age

 16-2425-3435-4445-5455+65+
Barristers025% (15)15% (9)32% (19)15% (9)10% (6)
Staff8% (2)32% (8)20% (5)20% (5)16% (4)4% (1)

Gender

 MaleFemale
Barristers86% (51)14% (8)
Staff40% (10)56% (14)

Disability

Do you consider yourself to have a disability according to the definition in the Equality Act 2010?
 YesNo
Barristers2% (1)97% (57)
Staff4% (1)96% (24)

Limitations

Are your day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?
 YesNo
Barristers2% (1)98% (58)
Staff0% (0)96% (24)

Ethnic Group

EthnicityAsian / Asian BritishAfrican / Caribbean / Black BritishMixed / Multiple Ethnic GroupsWhiteOther Ethnic Group
Barristers002% (1)92% (54)5% (3)
Staff000100% (24)0

University

Did you attend university to study a BA, BSc or higher course?
EducationYesNo
Barristers100% (59)0
Staff28% (7)72% (18)

First at University

Were you part of the first generation of your family to attend university?
EducationYesNo
Barristers37% (22)63% (37)
Staff14% (1)71% (5)

State vs Fee-paying School

Did you mainly attend a state or fee paying school between the ages of 11 and 18?
EducationUK State SchoolUK Independent / Fee-paying schoolAttended school outside UK
Barristers19% (7)68% (25)11% (4)
Staff71% (17)21% (5)8% (2)

Primary Carer for a child

Are you a primary carer for a child or children under 18?
 YesNo
Barristers17% (10)83% (49)
Staff24% (6)76% (19)

Primary Carer

Do you look after, or give any help or support to family members, friends, neighbour or others because of either: Long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, or problems related to old age? (Do not count anything you do as part of your paid employment.)
 NoYes, 1-19 hours a weekYes, 20-49 hours a weekYes, 50 or more hours a week
Barristers69% (41)29% (17)00
Staff84% (21)12% (3)4% (1)0

If you have any queries, please contact Chambers’ Diversity Data Officer, Edward Brown, at ebrown@essexcourt.com.