Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

At 5 Essex Chambers, equality, diversity and inclusion are integral to our ethos.

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. We believe that a fair and inclusive workplace drives success and that all individuals coming into contact with Chambers should feel valued, included and able to be themselves.

Our over-arching Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy is available here. We have a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of discrimination on the grounds of a protected characteristic, and to bullying, harassment and victimisation. Our Anti-Harassment Policy can be found here. We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and our Anti-Racist Statement can be found here.

We are committed to achieving the Bar Council’s stated vision of “a profession representative of all and for all” by identifying and seeking to address barriers and assumptions that inhibit the progression of those with a protected characteristic or those from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds into and within the profession.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments in order to remove (or reduce as far as we can) substantial disadvantage for disabled people working within Chambers or using our services.

We respect and value different ways of thinking and recognise that a diversity of cognitive approaches is a source of great strength and worth within a genuinely inclusive workplace.

Chambers is a frontrunner in providing support to those taking parental or carer leave.  This support includes a rent-free period following return to work, a parental and carer leave mentoring scheme and provision for flexible working for members of staff, members of Chambers and pupils with caring commitments.

The importance we attach to wellbeing is reflected in our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy.

We recognise that some people are transgender and that not everyone feels that their gender can be defined within the margins of gender binary. Our Trans Inclusion Statement can be found here.

Our Team

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer is Emma Price and our Deputy Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officers are Robert Talalay and Amy Clarke.

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Taking Action

In 2021, equality, diversity and inclusion training was provided to all barristers and members of staff in Chambers.

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Policies and statements

Click the links below to view our Policies and Statements.

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5 Essex Chambers has been recognised for its commitment and contribution to – and achievements in – equality, diversity and inclusion, including in the following ways:

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