Equality & CSR

Equality & Diversity at 11KBW

11KBW was founded over 30 years ago, in 1982. Since its inception, equality of opportunity has been a tenet of the set. One of the original members of chambers was Elizabeth Slade, who was called to the Bar in 1972; she took silk in 1992 and became a High Court Judge in 2008, a position she still holds.

One of the first intake of pupils was Elisabeth Laing, called in 1980. Elisabeth took a lengthy leave of absence whilst her family was young before returning to practice and taking silk in 2008. In 2014 she was also appointed to the High Court Bench.

Apart from gender equality, 11KBW comprises individuals of different ages, different races, different sexualities, different religions and no religion.

Our equality and diversity policy statement is here and our policy against harassment is here.

Our members, parenting and flexible working policy statement is here. In 2018, 3 members of chambers took advantage of this policy.

Our diversity data is published here.

Access statement 

11KBW is entirely based within buildings on King’s Bench Walk. Our client-facing facilities are at number 11, which is accessed by 8 steps. There is no internal or external lift in any part of the premises. Physical restraints regrettably mean that chambers is not wheelchair accessible. However, we can offer accessible conference facilities if requested. If these – or any other facilities – would assist, visitors are invited to discuss the arrangements that they need with one of the clerks or directly with the barrister instructed.

If you are considering applying for pupillage or mini-pupillage and have particular access needs, please raise these with our Director of Finance and Administration (email Claire.Halas@11kbw.com) and we will take any reasonable steps that we can to meet those needs.

Social responsibilities

We help strengthen the fabric of our society by supporting communities and individuals with charitable initiatives, including undertaking pro bono work.

Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) underpins all that we do at 11KBW. We are committed to fairness, and were the first chambers to pay the London Living Wage. With a dedicated charity budget, many of us take part in the London Legal Walk to support the city’s legal advice charities. We are also among the Bar Pro Bono Unit’s “Friends in Law”.

We work closely with schools and offer student placements for those interested in the legal profession. We are also members of the Pegasus Trust, a scholarship scheme offering gifted young lawyers the opportunity of work experience in a first-class set of chambers.

We help protect our surroundings with an environmentally friendly procurement policy and have achieved five gold awards for recycling in the London Clean City Awards Scheme.

11KBW deeply understands the value of trust. Within chambers, our experienced members and clerks maintain the strictest code of client confidentiality. Our Director of Finance and Administration, Claire Halas, actively seeks your suggestions as we continue to develop our CSR. You can email her at Claire.Halas@11kbw.com.