Corporate Social Responsibility
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.
Please see our section on equality and diversity for further information.
Diversity at the Bar
Chambers understands the importance of the legal profession, including the Bar and the Judiciary, reflecting the make-up of society. Chambers welcomes members, pupils and staff of all ages, genders, socio-economic backgrounds, and sexual orientations/gender reassignment and those with disabilities.
Chambers is proud that members have a diverse range of ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. Languages spoken include Mandarin, Cantonese, Urdu, French, German and Italian. Chambers aims to follow best practice with regards to disability and reasonable adjustments.
25% of members are female. The proportion of female silks is also 25%.
Recent examples of events aimed at fostering equality and diversity include Chambers’ collaboration with the Bar Lesbian and Gay Group for a very successful and enjoyable networking event. Chambers also conducted a well-attended seminar at BPP Law School open to all students on why more women should consider a career at the Commercial Bar.
Chambers welcomes the opportunity to work with other groups to foster equality and diversity at the Bar.
Wellness at the Bar
Recognising the importance of work-life balance and providing support to all who work at Atkin Chambers, Chambers has implemented an assistance programme with Health Assured for all members, door tenants and staff at Atkin Chambers. The programme provides top-up support to that provided under Chambers’ private medical health insurance scheme, and that accessible through LawCare.
Atkin Chambers commends the efforts by the Bar Council of England and Wales, the Inns of Court and the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks in its development of the Wellbeing at the Bar portal which provides support and best practice to barristers, clerks and chambers on wellbeing and mental health issues.
Atkin Chambers, and the vast majority of members have for many years actively supported the Bar Pro Bono Unit, including by being members of the panel of available barristers and through financial donations.
Members and staff of Atkin Chambers also support the London Legal Walk raising money for the London Legal Support Trust, the Free Representation Unit and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
Active in the community
Many members of Atkin Chambers are, in a private capacity, engaged with a range of community organisations and networks. Chambers is supporting work experience for students of a north London school where a member is on the board of governors.
Many members of Atkin Chambers are also active in the legal community:
- Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC was, during 2016, Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales.
- Martin Bowdery QC is the recent outgoing chair of the Technology & Construction Bar Association (TECBAR). Serena Cheng QC and Felicity Dynes are on the committee and Christopher Reid edits its newsletter.
- The Society of Construction Law, when founded in 1983, had three members of Chambers as founder members. Lauren Adams is a current council member.
- Serena Cheng QC and Jennifer Jones are both advocacy tutors for Lincoln’s Inn. Simon Lofthouse QC has been an advocacy trainer for Gray’s Inn since 2004.