Here you can find out more about our commitment to reduce environmental impact, how we support our own people and raise funds for charities that assist those who are in need of free legal aid.
Every year our barristers take part in the London Legal Walk which raises vital funds to ensure that legal help reaches our community’s most vulnerable people. The event supports over 100 legal advice agencies in London and the South-East.
As a Chambers we are commited to reducing our environmental impact and seek to make our organisation more sustainable as we recognise the need to restrict global warming. As part of this commitment Chambers is a signatory to the Greener Litigation Pledge.
We are committed to providing a fair, inclusive and supportive working environment that promotes wellbeing and equal access to opportunities and enables the continuous professional and personal development of our barristers, pupils and staff.
Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer is Emma Price and our Deputy Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officers are Robert Talalay and Amy Clarke.
In 2021, equality, diversity and inclusion training was provided to all barristers and members of staff in Chambers.
Click the links below to view our Policies and Statements.
5 Essex Chambers has been recognised for its commitment and contribution to – and achievements in – equality, diversity and inclusion, including in the following ways:
We are ranked in the major legal directories, notably as a top tier set for Police Law and Inquests and Inquiries, and a number of our members are ranked in their respective areas of expertise. A high proportion of our members are appointed on the Attorney General’s Panels.
We place significant emphasis on teamwork and camaraderie, both among members and staff, and believe we provide an environment where everyone works well together and can flourish. We expect our people to be committed and proactive and contribute to the success of Chambers, but we also recognise the importance of well-being and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Down-to-earth, approachable and reliable, we have established excellent relations with clients, many of whom have instructed chambers for years. We pride ourselves in providing excellent advocacy, advice and client care. Combining the benefits of modern technology and business practice with traditional clerking skills and qualities, our strong and well established administrative team ensures a first-class service to members and clients alike.
A number of our members are not based in London – and our clients are located all over England and Wales – so there is no pre-requisite when it comes to location. In fact, it could be a benefit to chambers and our clients having members based locally.