Equality and 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.
We operate under our equality and diversity policy in accordance with the Bar Standard Board’s Equality and Diversity Code. Please email us for a copy.
All applications (be it for staff, tenants, pupils or mini-pupils) are considered on merit alone. All our 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 we offer 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).
Our 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. We support the pledge for gender diversity in international arbitration in members’ practices – see link to the Pledge here.
Please see below for details of events we have supported and we welcome the opportunity to support other diversity groups and industry initiatives.
- KCLBMS BAME networking event
- BLAGG (Bar Lesbian and Gay Group) Networking Drinks
- Why more women should consider the commercial bar seminar
Chambers’ Equality and Diversity Officer (EDO) is Riaz Hussain QC.