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At Charter, our commitment to Equality and Diversity is part of meeting our objective of providing the highest quality of legal service. Clients come to us from all walks of life and need know that we understand their requirements and are adaptable to different situations. That is why Diversity is one of our Core Values.

We take our regulatory duties seriously, but Equality and Diversity is not just a question of compliance with equalities legislation. It is also about incorporating principles of fairness and openness into our day-to-day practices and the running of Chambers.

Our Equality and Diversity Officer attends the Management Board as of right and ensures that decisions affecting Chambers are taken with fairness in mind. Training is provided to barristers and staff.

We are continually reviewing our policies to ensure effective protection from discrimination and harassment, in order to ensure the best possible working environment for our staff and the best base from which our barristers can undertake their work.

Our Equality and Diversity Policy and Action Plan include polices on maternity / paternity leave and pay, flexible working, and making reasonable adjustments to assist those with disabilities.

As a recruiter, Charter is committed to implementing diversity principles, challenging the sources of unconscious bias in selection, and removing obstacles to appointment of the best candidates. Members of Chambers also provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants and contribute their time to initiatives for widening fair access to the legal profession. We also offer mini-Pupillages in accordance with the same principles.

We collect Diversity Data from our own workforce in order to monitor progress against our own policies and strategies and publish a summary of the results on our website. Indeed, the diversity of backgrounds, skills and experiences found in Charter is one of our assets.

By these means, Charter draws on our traditional strengths to provide the highest quality of legal services in a modern setting.

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