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Cornerstone Barristers

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2-3 GRAY'S INN SQUARE, LONDON, WC1R 5JH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7242 4986
Fax:
Fax 020 7405 1166
DX:
316 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.cornerstonebarristers.com
Birmingham, Cardiff, London

Diversity

The principles of equal opportunity and diversity are a fundamental part of Cornerstone Barristers’ philosophy and are essential to our success as a thriving set. It is our unequivocal policy not to discriminate against anyone, either directly or indirectly, on grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, maternity or paternity, disability, religion or belief, age, part-time, fixed-term or contractual status, or on any other basis.

In particular, Chambers is committed to ensuring that it selects pupils, tenants and employees without discrimination, that discriminatory considerations play no part in the allocation of work within chambers, and that we do not accept instructions from solicitors who seek to select Counsel on a discriminatory basis. We endeavour to treat everyone, both inside and outside Chambers, with attention, courtesy, respect and consideration. We also aim to ensure that our pupillage, work experience, employment and membership opportunities are open and accessible to all based on individual qualities and personal merit.

We have a well-established equality and diversity policy which we review on a regular basis to ensure that it remains current and responsive. We have established a comprehensive diversity action plan to ensure that the principles of the policy are properly put into practice.

We capture, record, analyse and interpret diversity data for all recruitment (staff, pupils, mini-pupils and tenants). We will conduct the next full diversity survey of all members and staff in early 2017.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Cornerstone Barristers aspires to an open, inclusive and philanthropic culture. Our CSR committee meets regularly, led by a senior silk and our CEO, to discuss Chambers’ CSR strategy which focuses on community and sustainability. In the last year, we have also conducted a CSR survey of all members in order to evaluate the success of the strategy and its implementation.

Pro-Bono

Cornerstone Barristers is proud of its dedicated and socially active members and employees. A number of our members undertake pro bono work, serving as Free Representation Unit volunteers or Bar Pro Bono Unit panel members. Against the background of cuts in legal aid funding, this helps to facilitate access to justice in circumstances in which it may otherwise be denied.
More than half our barristers have participated in some form of pro bono work. This often involves a substantial commitment of time with an average of almost 50 hours per annum.
Pupils and junior members of Chambers can find undertaking pro bono work a rewarding and valuable way of gaining experience in a number of disparate legal fields.

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