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Chambers of Christopher Pymont QC

Living Wage
7 STONE BUILDINGS, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3SZ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7406 1200
Fax:
Fax 020 7406 1300
DX:
326 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.maitlandchambers.com

We work hard to achieve levels of excellence in everything we do.  We have some of the brightest and most capable people in the world and we are proud of the difference they make.  Our core values include:

  • Treating everyone in Chambers with courtesy, honesty and respect. In our open-minded and inclusive environment everyone is respected and valued.
  • Continually developing the range and depth of our own skills, to provide services to our clients and support to our colleagues.
  • Looking beyond our walls, our social responsibility strategy comes under four headings: community, environment, ethical business, and diversity.

Our Community Strategy embraces our charitable and volunteering initiatives and pro-bono legal activity.  We understand the value and spiritual capital that comes from being involved in these - we get a lot out of volunteering.  To encourage further volunteering, staff can take up to one day’s paid absence a year to provide voluntary work in the borough of Camden for an organisation, school or charity which Chambers has agreed to support.  We work with The Bar Pro Bono Unit, the Chancery Bar Litigant In Person Support Scheme (CLIPS), the London Legal Support Trust (LLST), Pro Bono Connect, and we participate in annual events such as the Crisis Square Mile run.   We also support the Sutton Trust’s “Pathways to Law” programme, and we are involved in the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF).  We are building wide-ranging links with the Argyle Primary School in the borough of Camden and many of our barristers take advantage of the self-employed nature of their work to be trustees of charities of every type, and use their skills and experience in countless different ways.

We assess the environmental impact of all our operations and integrate these considerations and objectives into our business decisions and communicate this policy to members and staff, and consult with them to ensure that they take an active role in its implementation and review.

We embrace ethical business practices in every aspect of our work.  We treat our suppliers in the way we expect to be treated ourselves.  We also expect them to treat their people the way we treat ours.  In this respect:

  • We support the London Living Wage (LLW), and we pay our on-site suppliers of cleaning staff the LLW.  We also expect all our suppliers based in London to pay their staff the LLW or if they are located outside of London, the Living Wage.
  • We ask our suppliers to confirm in writing that slavery, servitude or forced or compulsory labour is not taking place in any part of their business or organisation.  From time to time we also arrange visits to our suppliers premises to view first hand their business operations and staff.

Our Equality and Diversity Committee made a simple truth clear to each of us, namely good practice in relation to all matters concerning equality and diversity is no more than best practice to create a successful and contented workforce. Chambers will not tolerate discrimination of any kind. There are people from many different religions, racial backgrounds and social backgrounds in Chambers, but it does not matter where our members and staff have come from or what their underlying beliefs are.   What we need are their skills, experience and potential.  Bringing together people with differing and complementary skills and experiences helps to ensure that we bring the best support and solutions to our clients and, in return, ensures that everyone feels included and respected. Our clients come from diverse backgrounds too, so it helps us better understand their own values. 

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