Equality & Diversity
Atkin Chambers is a forward-looking and modern set with an international outlook. Chambers is committed to respecting and understanding the cultural needs of its diverse and global client base, and is committed to equality and diversity in both recruitment and the provision of services.
Equality and diversity policy
Chambers operates under a equality and diversity policy in accordance with the Bar Standard Board’s Equality and Diversity Code. Please email Chambers for a copy.
Recruitment and equality and diversity
All applications (be it for staff, tenants, pupils or mini-pupils) are considered on merit alone. All selection procedures are operated without discrimination, that is to say without regard to irrelevant considerations such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, religion or belief, or age.
Chambers also recognises the importance of increasing social mobility at the Bar and looks equally at applications for pupillage and mini-pupillage from graduates of all universities and from all backgrounds and all sectors of the community with the ability and determination to succeed as a barrister.
Partly in recognition of the monetary barriers to entering the Bar, Atkin Chambers offers the highest pupillage award at the Bar and the opportunity to “drawdown” £25,000 in advance funding towards the costs of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Chambers reimburses all reasonable travel expenses for pupillage interviewees and successful applicants to the mini-pupillage scheme can claim reasonable travel expenses and ask us to arrange overnight accommodation.
Chambers’ parental leave policy, flexible working policy and reasonable adjustments policy aspire to meet best practice and recognise in particular the need for better access for those with disability and the importance of striving to retain women barristers in practice. Chambers supports the pledge for gender diversity in international arbitration in members’ practices – see link to the Pledge here.
Findings of the Atkin Chambers’ diversity data survey – February 2020
Total universe: Pupils: 1 | Barristers: 50 | Staff: 22
In accordance with BSB rules and guidance, all members, pupils and staff were provided with the opportunity to complete a data diversity questionnaire in February 2020. This was a voluntary exercise and not all that were provided with the opportunity completed the questionnaire. As a result, the data does not give a meaningful representation of Chambers’ diversity and there is a real risk of participants being identifiable if published. If you require further information, please contact Chambers’ DDO at DDO@atkinchambers.com.
News and events
Please our news and events updates and the secton on Corporate Social Responsibility for details of the activity Chambers has supported and Chambers welcomes the opportunity to support other diversity groups and industry initiatives. Chambers’ Equality and Diversity Officer (EDO) is Riaz Hussain QC.