Equality & CSR

Equality & Diversity at 11KBW

11KBW is committed to equality and diversity, and particularly keen to improve access to the Bar for members of under-represented groups.

We participate in the Bridging the Bar mini-pupillage scheme, for students who, owing to their disability, ethnic background, socio-economic background, education or sexuality, belong to groups which are statistically underrepresented in the profession.  Members of Chambers also participate in the Bar Council’s Bar Placement Scheme, which is run in conjunction with Pathways to Law and the Social Mobility Foundation.

We have recently announced a new scholarship that will be awarded each year to a student on the BPTC from Black/Caribbean/African/Black British ethnic groups, the recipient of which will receive an award of £30,000, a guaranteed Assessed Mini-Pupillage, and a dedicated interview place for pupillage if their performance at mini-pupillage meets an appropriate threshold.  Full details of the scholarship, including the eligibility criteria and applications process are here https://11kbwscholarship.com.

We welcome applications from members of all under-represented groups, whether or not they fall within the scholarship eligibility criteria.

On 25 February 2021 we will be hosting a webinar for students from black and ethnic minority communities on a career at the specialist civil Bar, and are proud to have as our keynote speaker a former member of 11KBW, Mr Justice Choudhury, President of the Employment Appeals Tribunal and the first member of the British-Bangladeshi community to be appointed to the High Court bench.

We seek to recruit the best people from every background and are proud to be using the Rare Contextual Recruitment System https://contextualrecruitment.co.uk/ which allows us to understand each applicant’s achievements in the context in which they have been gained.

We have an active Equality, Diversity and Corporate and Social Responsibility Committee, as well as a Parents’ Forum that meets regularly to discuss the issues facing those with caring responsibilities at the Bar.

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.

Our Members of Chambers Diversity Data is published here.

Our Staff Diversity Data is published here.

Access statement 

11KBW is based in Inner Temple within buildings on King’s Bench Walk.

Our client-facing facilities are at number 11 King’s Bench Walk, which is accessed by 8 steps. Unfortunately, there is no internal or external lift in any part of the premises, and these physical restraints regrettably mean that Chambers is not wheelchair accessible. However, we can offer accessible in-person conference facilities, and we can also make arrangements for virtual or remote conferences. 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

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.

We have a dedicated charity budget, and 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.

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.