Crown Office Chambers is committed to ensuring fairness and equality, and is proud of the diversity of our members, clerks, staff and clients. Led by the Heads of Chambers, the Equality and Diversity officers, our clerks and management team, Chambers does not tolerate racism in any form.
Chambers has processes for dealing with any instances of racial discrimination, harassment or victimisation arising in Chambers under its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, its Anti- Harassment Policy and its Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures.
Our aim is to recruit the best candidates from as broad and diverse a pool of applicants as possible on the basis of merit. We take positive action to promote this aim by monitoring outreach, adopting a contextual approach to recruitment in order to ensure that all applications are considered equally, fairly and in their proper context and by review and reflection on a continuing basis.
Crown Office Chambers is committed to being anti-racist (within the meaning used by the Bar Standards Board) and adhering to the principles set out in the Bar Standards Board’s Anti-Racist Statement.
Our commitment to diversity and to treating individuals fairly and with respect is further set out below.
In compliance with Rule C110.3 of Section D of Part 2 of The Bar Standards Board (“BSB”) Handbook, Chambers regularly conducts a survey to ascertain diversity data of the workforce consisting of Members of Chambers and staff. In accordance with the requirements of the BSB Handbook the surveys are entirely voluntary.
A Diversity Data Policy has been adopted (with effect from 28 November 2012) that sets out details in respect of the collection, publication, retention and destruction of equality and diversity data and seeks to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations in relation to this.
The most recent survey was completed in November 2018. The results of the survey are published below in anonymised form and so as to prevent the identification of individuals from the published data. Data is not published where its publication might reasonably lead to the identification of individuals. Publication is in compliance with Chambers’ obligations.
90% of the workforce provided diversity data. Chambers recognises that to monitor the effectiveness of its equality and diversity policies and fulfil its commitment to equal opportunities, it is necessary regularly to monitor equality and diversity data. Chambers is committed to improving the diversity of the workforce and treating everyone equally. That commitment is reflected in the seriousness with which voluntary surveys are taken, with the vast majority of the workforce voluntarily providing diversity data.
Data collection was undertaken most recently in November 2018 anonymously and in accordance with the BSB rules. All members of Chambers, pupils and staff were asked to provide data. Participation in the survey was voluntary.
Approximately 90% provided their data, but not all of those who responded either consented to all elements of their data being published as part of this analysis or consented to their data being published at all. Therefore the summary below is taken from a sample of the data supplied from only a segment of the entire workforce and is not a complete analysis accurately describing the entirety of Chambers, pupils and staff.
On the basis of the segment of the workforce who responded and are willing for their data to be published:
On the basis of category of worker:
Juniors over 10 years call:
Juniors under 10 years call and pupils:
Clerks and staff: