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In line with Matrix’s core values, it invests a great deal of time and effort into the realisation of equal opportunities at work and at the Bar. Matrix is a committed advocate of equality in all aspects. It takes a three pronged approach to equality and diversity with support for staff and members, networking/consultancy groups and outreach projects, to ensure that Matrix is identifying and addressing early barriers. Matrix has a dedicated Equality and Diversity Manager (non-barrister) and two Equality and Diversity Officers (barristers) to make sure it is doing its utmost to improve diversity at the Bar. Below are just some of the projects Matrix has been involved in to contribute to the progression of diversity at the Bar.

  • LGBT+: Matrix is one of the few barristers’ chambers that is a member of Stonewall, the LGBT+ charity, as part of their Diversity Champion Programme. Matrix takes part in the Stonewall yearly index and has been able to greatly improve policies and practices as a result. Matrix hosts LGBT consultation meetings for all staff and members to input into its LGBT+ strategy and both members and staff sit on the legal LGBT+ network committee FreeBar.
  • Partnership with Mind: Matrix is proud to be one of the first legal organisations to sign up to the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index to benchmark what it does to promote mental health support and wellbeing. In March 2017, Matrix was awarded Silver in the Index. Initiatives include wellbeing action plans, wellbeing policies and resilience workshops featuring innovative stress management techniques. CEO Rachel Holmes takes a keen interest in the wellbeing of staff and members and spoke at Inner Temple’s Wellbeing in Law event.
  • Black Solicitors Network and UK Diversity League Table: In 2013 and 2014 Matrix was ranked number one in the BSN UK Diversity Legal Table, winning Chambers of the Year. In 2014, Matrix also won the Retention: Talent Management Award for its work. Matrix holds open days specifically for those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and host internal BME networking events.
  • Matrix has signed up to the Government’s Disability Confident Scheme to ensure that it is consistently performing to best practice when recruiting and retaining disabled staff and members. The Equality and Diversity Manager has a personal interest in disability issues through lived experience and will be hosting the 2018 Disability Seminar at the National Pupillage Fair. Matrix holds open days for students with disabilities who are interested in a career at the Bar.
  • Promoting gender equality

Matrix is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women both in the workplace, and specifically at the Bar. Matrix regularly host events that tackle issues facing women across different backgrounds and across the world. Matrix has an internal women’s network for both members and staff to discuss gender issues. Its members have also commented on gender issues facing the Bar and the judiciary in the media.

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