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London Bar > Crime Tier 12 Hare Court‘s team is highly regarded for its strength in handling a broad range of prosecution and defence work, with noted expertise in handling instructions within the private prosecutions space. Recent instructions include David Whittaker QC and Harry Bentley representing Warren Barnes in the long-running Operation Leopard case, a Greater Manchester police investigation into what was described as “Salford gang warfare”, and included the murder of Paul Massey, who was standing for Mayor of Salford at the time of his death; Barnes was acquitted of conspiracy to murder. Also of note, the ‘brilliant‘ Gudrun Young QC, unled, successfully represented former Wheel of Fortune presenter John Leslie, who was acquitted on charges concerning an alleged sexual assault in 2008. In April 2022 Madeleine Wolfe joined from 23ES.
‘2 Hare Court is a stand out set in this area, with a huge array of barristers who are at the top of the field in crime and regulatory matters. They are my go to set for any case.’
‘It is a high quality set that is a power-house in a number of leading areas. It is a brilliantly well-rounded set.’
‘I use 2 Hare Court for most of my cases. They have a wide range of experienced counsel who can cover most of my matters. I have no worries when a brief has to be returned as there is always someone competent, capable and helpful to take them over.‘
‘2 Hare Court is a set I readily recommend. Very professional, with many Leading and Junior Counsel of high calibre and expertise.’
‘2 Hare Court are one of my Chambers I go to straight away. I have instructed many of Chambers’ junior barristers and pupils on general crime cases, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I consider them first rate, and lovely to work with.’
‘I have confidence in the team of clerks who do not push for work to be given to those that are not capable, are quick to respond and assist in all scenarios. It is rare that they are not able to help us. Chloe Skingsley is particularly competent.’
London Bar > Fraud: crime Tier 1
The 'go-to set' at 2 Hare Court covers the full range of fraud matters, including boiler room scams, VAT and MTIC frauds, and Ponzi schemes, as well as all related areas of law, such as money laundering. The set has developed 'an excellent reputation' for cultivating 'talented barristers' that practice almost exclusively in complex financial crime. Brendan Kelly QC is instructed to represent a former aide to media personality and ex-husband of Petra Ecclestone James Stunt. Private prosecutions for fraud are a particular area of expertise - Jonathan Laidlaw QC is representing clothing label Supreme as prosecutor in a counterfeiting case.
‘2 Hare Court are a go-to set. With their expansion over the last few years they are able to offer a vast number of barristers who are leaders in this field.’
‘Well-established reputation with quality barristers.’
‘Very good, especially at silk level.’
‘A set with an excellent reputation and a host of talented barristers.‘
‘This set understands the needs of solicitors and clients. They are prepared to to go the extra mile to ensure chosen counsel is available although appropriate substitutes offered where clashes cannot be avoided.’
‘The senior clerk is the best in the business.’
2 Hare Court’s ‘top-quality crime set’ is highly regarded for its criminal fraud expertise, but handles a wide range of other offences, including anti-competitive behaviour, sanctions violations and contentious regulatory issues. Chambers is also regularly sought after for private prosecution work, which is among the areas of expertise of Jonathan Laidlaw QC and Christopher Coltart QC. In a standout ongoing highlight, Coltart is also leading Christopher Foulkes on representing a former director of Redcentric, in a case brought before the Westminster Magistrates' Court with respect to allegations of false accounting, among other charges.
‘A premium set with barristers you would be happy to instruct at any level.’
‘2 Hare Court is one of the premier London criminal sets, approaching every case with a high degree of professionalism.’
‘A top-quality crime set with great strength in depth.’
‘Great clerking – very efficient and helpful.’
‘They have an excellent clerking team – always willing to go the extra mile to provide assistance. Julian Campbell does an excellent job.’
‘A highly respected chambers in the area of professional regulation work, with great strength-in-depth.’
‘This set is full of truly top class barristers. They are confident and know the areas of law they practise inside out. They are excellent at dealing with difficult clients and make getting brilliant results look easy.’
‘2 Hare Court have an outstanding professional discipline and regulatory practice. They are always top of my list to contact for counsel due to the number of excellent barristers of all levels in chambers.’
‘Louis Lockwood consistently goes above and beyond to assist. Louis is extremely helpful and prompt in responding to requests.’
‘Louis Lockwood is a legend, he is prompt, helpful and kind.’
‘The clerks are well organized, communicative, and easy to work with. Always very happy to help and quick to respond to queries.’
‘Undertaking health and safety work with aplomb’, members of 2 Hare Court act for clients across the construction, food, transport, healthcare, and energy sectors involved in high-profile inquiries, corporate manslaughter cases, and proceedings brought by regulators and enforcement bodies. Chambers head Jonathan Laidlaw QC recently successfully defended Pret A Manger against a food safety offence prosecution after a customer suffered a severe allergic reaction as a result of consuming a sandwich containing sesame. In HSE v National Grid Gas PLC, Alexandra Tampakopoulos represents the defendant in a prosecution for breaches of the Pipeline Safety Regulations, as the result of the exposure of thousands of high-rise residents over several years to the risk of gas leaks and explosions. In addition, Tom Day acted for both the company and a director in the aftermath of an explosion during an attempt to decommission an underground fuel tank.
‘2 Hare Court is a chambers going from strength to strength, they have become one of the go-to sets for health and safety matters, their clerking team is excellent and they have excellent counsel at every level.’
‘2 Hare Court have a great range of barristers in this area.’
‘Excellent criminal set with some good barristers undertaking H&S work with aplomb.’
‘Chambers provide good all-round coverage in the health and safety, crime and inquest sectors I need.’
‘The clerks are excellent, ably led by Julian Campbell.’
‘Brilliant – there is nobody more experienced in this area than Julian Campbell their Director of Clerking ‘
2 Hare Court > Set Profile
Described by The Legal 500 UK 2022 as a “top-quality crime set full of truly top class barristers” that “know the areas of law they practise inside out” and as being “the magic circle of regulatory chambers….an exceptionally strong set” housing “great advocates” and “undertaking health and safety work with aplomb”.
The set: Chambers comprises 69 tenants including 22 Queen’s Counsel and 12 members who sit as recorders. Many former members of chambers have become High Court and District Judges. Chambers provides counsel of first choice to leading defence firms as well as principal prosecuting authorities in London, nationwide and abroad. It has a proven track record of delivering the highest standards of service to clients, together with excellence in advocacy and trial management in cases of the utmost gravity and complexity.
2 Hare Court has been recognised consistently as one of the UK’s leading chambers specialising in crime, business crime, private prosecution, financial services, tax, professional discipline, health & safety, regulatory law, inquests and inquiries, sports law and other related fields. Our members and set alike have been shortlisted for numerous awards in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK and are the current winners of Chambers UK Crime Set of the Year 2020.
The set’s barristers provide early and strategic analysis and advice, as well as advocacy of the highest quality where cases cannot be resolved at an early stage and need to progress to trial. Chambers UK 2021 are quoted as “an excellent set with, pound for pound, some of the best barristers at the Bar.” Other sources say: “All the barristers here have excellent legal knowledge, a wealth of expertise and strong advocacy skills” and acknowledge it as “one of the leading sets in the UK.”
“The clerking team at 2 Hare Court is extremely accessible and they are always willing to assist where they can. They also provide honest insight into Counsel so you know you are instructing the person who is best suited to the case.” Director of Clerking Julian Campbell “is without an equal amongst the senior clerks in the top sets” and leads the clerking team supported by Jack Shah, the newly appointed Senior Practice Clerk.
More information on its barristers and work can be found at www.2harecourt.com.
Types of work undertaken
Crime: the strength and depth of experience among 2 Hare Court’s specialist advocates sees them advising, defending and prosecuting in all forms of criminal work, particularly in serious and complex cases of terrorism (including special advocate work), murder, honour killings, international drug and human trafficking, serious organised crime and sexual offences (especially historic). Recent cases include: National action terrorism matters, the murder of PC Andrew Harper, Dr Agnes Taylor torture case (wife of former leader of Liberia Charles Taylor), Charles Riddington Double K Gym murder, Alex King hoax Novichok poisoning in Salisbury (whilst on the run for a large scale drugs supply case), career conman Mark Acklom, prosecuting tube bomb plotter Damon Smith, murdered French nanny Sophie Lionnet, Finsbury Park attacker Darren Osbourne, the Rolf Harris appeal, prosecuting Britain’s ‘worst ever paedophile’ Richard Huckle, Grindr serial killer Stephen Port, Honey Rose (the first optometrist to be convicted of gross negligence manslaughter), Brooks (phone hacking), Lee Rigby Murder and Operation Yew Tree.
Business crime and financial services: members of chambers are routinely instructed in the largest and most complex financial crime cases. Its experience includes all forms of fraud, MTIC/VAT tribunal hearings, market abuse (insider dealing, LIBOR and manipulation of other benchmark rates), asset recovery/forfeiture and restraint/confiscation proceedings. Recent cases include: ICO v Cambridge Analytica, Operation Amazon, the SFO’s investigation into Rolls Royce, FOREX, ‘Blue Index’, BA price fixing case, Operation Tabernula, the HBOS corruption trial, Turks and Caicos corruption cases, SFO v Tchenguiz, lnnospec, and MP/Lords’ expenses.
Private prosecution: 2 Hare Court is a pioneering set in the area of private prosecution and their private prosecution team have considerable experience of advising and representing clients on both sides of private prosecutions. Numerous members are senior former and current prosecutors, including those who have acted as First Senior, Senior and Junior Treasury Counsel. Recent cases: Swiss oil company Allseas Group (largest privately prosecuted fraud to have ever been brought), R v K (private prosecution brought following long running civil fraud proceedings, R v G, H & A (defence of a privately prosecuted fraud).
Professional discipline: members have extensive expertise in this field, appearing, in particular, before all healthcare regulators, primarily defending members of all the major MDOs as well as other professionals. The set also appears in proceedings involving the police, accountants and actuaries, tax advisers, solicitors, sports professionals, telecommunications and others.
Regulatory crime: Members of 2 Hare Court advise and represent corporate and individual clients facing proceedings brought by regulators including the Health & Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Trading Standards and local authorities. The team advises at every stage of an investigation pre-charge on issues such as the approach to take in interview, evidence gathering and legal privilege. Recent cases: Grenfell, Chevron, Topcon, Monovan, Hillsborough, Essar Oil, Princes Sporting Club, Lion Steel, Cavendish Masonry and Hugo Boss.
Inquests: 2 Hare Court has a team of specialists with extensive experience of advocacy. Members of the Inquest & Public Inquiry team have acted in the most complex and high profile cases of recent times, including; the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the In Amenas hostage crisis, the London 7/7 bombings, the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, the London Bridge and Westminster terrorist attacks, acting for the family of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts one of three soldiers who died of heat illness on an SAS selection test in the Brecon Beacons and representing the family of Alexander Perepilichny, who died in unexplained circumstances. Public inquiries have included the Grenfell fire, Manchester arena bombing, inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian FSB agent allegedly poisoned by Polonium 210 in London, as well as various members instructed on the long running Hillsborough inquest.
Tax: With a long established background in tax litigation, the team at 2 Hare Court have established a formidable reputation in cases involving disputes in direct and indirect tax appeals. The disputes span the full spectrum of tax litigation before the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber), Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) and Court of Appeal, where members are instructed both by Taxpayers and by the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs.
Sports law: Members of 2 Hare Court are instructed in cases involving gambling regulation, corruption, inquests and public inquiries, anti-doping, licensing, On-field and off-field violence, disorder by athletes. Members of the sports team regularly appear before the Football Association, the British Horse Racing Authority, International Association of Athletics Federations, National Anti-Doping Panel, to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Recent cases: FA v Tony Henry, BHA v Jim & Suzie Best, BHA v Jim Best, FA v Joey Barton, IAAF v Valentin Balakhnichev & Ors and Hillsborough.
|Director of Clerking||Julian Campbell|
|Members of Chambers||LAIDLAW QC, Jonathan (1982)|
|Members of Chambers||HESLOP QC, Martin (1972)|
|Members of Chambers||WRIGHT QC, Peter (1981)|
|Members of Chambers||RADCLIFFE QC, Andrew (1975)|
|Members of Chambers||PICKUP QC, James (1976)|
|Members of Chambers||POWNALL QC, Orlando (1975)|
|Members of Chambers||HICKS QC, Martin (1977)|
|Members of Chambers||BENNETT-JENKINS QC, Sallie (1984)|
|Members of Chambers||KELLY QC, Brendan (1988)|
|Members of Chambers||REES QC, Jonathan (1987)|
|Members of Chambers||O'NEILL QC, Brian (1987)|
|Members of Chambers||BLACKWELL QC, Kate (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||KINNEAR QC, Jonathan (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||HAYTON QC, Michael (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||COLTART QC, Christopher (1998)|
|Members of Chambers||GLASGOW QC, Oliver (1995)|
|Members of Chambers||WHITTAKER QC, David (1986)|
|Members of Chambers||AHMAD QC, Zubair (1995)|
|Members of Chambers||GRAFFIUS QC, Mark (1990)|
|Members of Chambers||KAZAKOS QC, Leon (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||LAMBIS QC, Marios (1989)|
|Members of Chambers||YOUNG QC, Gudrun (2001)|
|Members of Chambers||AKUDOLU QC, Nneka (2002|
|Members of Chambers||COLMAN, Andrew (1980)|
|Members of Chambers||BELGER, Tyrone (1984)|
|Members of Chambers||GILLESPIE, Christopher (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||GRAY QC (Scotland), Peter (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||FERGUSON, Craig (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||DANIELS, Iain (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||BUCHANAN, James (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||FOULKES, Christopher (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||BRASSINGTON, Stephen (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||IRWIN, Gavin (1996)|
|Members of Chambers||IVILL, Scott (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||WOLFE, Madeleine (1998)|
|Members of Chambers||HELLER, Richard (1998)|
|Members of Chambers||LOWNDS, Peter (1998)|
|Members of Chambers||HAWKINS, Quinn (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||BUNYAN, Angus (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||RINDER, Robert (2001)|
|Members of Chambers||RAWLINSON, Michael (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||HUMMERSTONE, Rebekah (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||FAURE WALKER, Julia (2004)|
|Members of Chambers||TANCHEL, Vivienne (2005)|
|Members of Chambers||PRZYBYLSKA, Sarah (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||CHADWICK, Daniel (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||DUMMETT, Emily (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||BENTLEY, Harry (2007)|
|Members of Chambers||TAMPAKOPOULOS, Alexandra (2007)|
|Members of Chambers||ROBERTSON, Fiona (2008)DAY, Tom (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||DAY, Tom (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||GEERING, Christopher (2009)|
|Members of Chambers||RICH, Ben (2010)|
|Members of Chambers||MARTIN, Will (2010)|
|Members of Chambers||MCNEILL, Nikita (2010)|
|Members of Chambers||STEPHENSON, Laura (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||ERKAN-BAX, Rebecca (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||Van WOODENBERG, Merry (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||DOWER, Sophia (2013)|
|Members of Chambers||RENTEURS, Paul (2013)|
|Members of Chambers||DACRE, Robert (2013)|
|Members of Chambers||MACDONALD, Lewis (2014)|
|Members of Chambers||FORBES, Grace (2015)|
|Members of Chambers||THOMAS, Hannah (2016)|
|Members of Chambers||GOMERSALL, Neelam (2017)|
|Members of Chambers||TRAYNOR, Redmond (2019)|
|Members of Chambers||GILLILAND, Jack (2019)|
|Zubair Ahmad||Zubair is widely recognised as a leading slik in serious and complex…||View Profile|
|Nneka Akudolu QC||Nneka is a personable and approachable advocate whose ability to understand the…||View Profile|
|Narita Bahra||Narita Bahra QC is a leading Criminal and Business Fraud Defence Barrister…||View Profile|
|Tyrone Belger||Tyrone Belger is a specialist crime and fraud practitioner, with a well-known…||View Profile|
|Sallie Bennett-Jenkins||‘A first class act’; Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC has throughout her career established…||View Profile|
|Harry Bentley||Harry Bentley’s principal areas of practice are criminal defence and professional disciplinary…||View Profile|
|Kate Blackwell||Kate is one of the UK’s leading silks specialising in criminal law…||View Profile|
|Stephen Brassington||Stephen Brassington is rightly regarded as one of the leading practitioners in…||View Profile|
|James Buchanan||James Buchanan is recognised as a leading criminal and inquest practitioner, specialising…||View Profile|
|Angus Bunyan||Angus Bunyan is an established leading junior whose practice is focused on…||View Profile|
|Daniel Chadwick||Daniel Chadwick is a specialist criminal defence barrister with a practice exclusively…||View Profile|
|Andrew Colman||Andrew Colman is a leading junior of great intellect and experience, held…||View Profile|
|Christopher Coltart||Christopher Coltart QC took silk in 2014 following a highly successful junior…||View Profile|
|Robert Dacre||Robert specialises in crime, professional discipline, regulatory law, inquests, extradition and sports…||View Profile|
|Iain Daniels||Iain is a senior junior practicing in health and safety matters, including…||View Profile|
|Tom Day||Tom is recognised as a leading junior who specialises in regulatory crime…||View Profile|
|Sophia Dower||Sophia enjoys a diverse practice that encompasses many areas of 2 Hare…||View Profile|
|Emily Dummett||Emily has significant experience and expertise in providing advice and advocacy in…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Erkan-Bax||Rebecca has a successful and substantial criminal practice. She is a formidable…||View Profile|
|Julia Faure Walker||Julia is ranked by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 as a…||View Profile|
|Craig Ferguson||Craig Ferguson is a highly experienced defence practitioner who has, for many…||View Profile|
|Grace Forbes||Grace specialises in criminal law, inquires, inquests and professional discipline. She is…||View Profile|
|Christopher Foulkes||Christopher Foulkes specialises in business crime and related areas. He advises and…||View Profile|
|Christopher Geering||Christopher is a highly respected junior with experience dealing with a wide…||View Profile|
|Christopher Gillespie||After twenty years of experience defending and prosecuting serious crime, Chris now…||View Profile|
|Jack Gilliland||Jack Gilliland joined 2 Hare Court in March 2021 and has now…||View Profile|
|Oliver Glasgow||Oliver Glasgow QC was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel in 2015, Queen’s Counsel…||View Profile|
|Neelam Gomersall||Neelam joined chambers in March 2021 following successful completion of her pupillage.…||View Profile|
|Mark Graffius||Mark Graffius QC is a ‘no nonsense, outstanding advocate’ in the fields…||View Profile|
|Peter Gray||Peter Gray QC (2002 Scotland) is a leading practitioner in regulatory crime…||View Profile|
|Quinn Hawkins||Quinn Hawkins is a leading criminal junior who specialises in substantial cases…||View Profile|
|Michael Hayton||Michael Hayton QC’s practice in silk is primarily defending clients as part…||View Profile|
|Richard Heller||Richard is a specialist practitioner with substantial experience across the full range…||View Profile|
|Martin Heslop||Martin is widely recognised as one of the Leading Silks at the…||View Profile|
|Martin Hicks||Martin Hicks QC is consistently recommended by the leading industry directories as…||View Profile|
|Rebekah Hummerstone||Rebekah is instructed as a sole or led junior to prosecute and…||View Profile|
|Gavin Irwin||Gavin specialises in advising and representing businesses and professionals with a particular…||View Profile|
|Scott Ivill||Mr Ivill has vast experience of defending in the gravest of cases.…||View Profile|
|Leon Kazakos||Leon represents corporates and individuals in the fields of business crime, general…||View Profile|
|Brendan Kelly||Brendan Kelly QC is described by the leading industry directory as having…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Kinnear||Jonathan Kinnear QC specialises in matters of real financial complexity, representing individuals…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Laidlaw||Jonathan Laidlaw QC’s practice is predominantly in business and financial crime and…||View Profile|
|Marios Lambis QC||Originally from a criminal practice, which encompassed major frauds and terrorist cases,…||View Profile|
|Alison Levitt||Alison Levitt QC returned to full-time advocacy practise after 5 years in…||View Profile|
|Peter Lownds||Peter Lownds has a high-profile and wide-ranging leading junior criminal defence practice…||View Profile|
|Lewis MacDonald||Lewis practices in serious crime and business crime, asset forfeiture, tax, professional…||View Profile|
|Will Martin||Will Martin is a highly regarded junior, ranked in the Legal 500…||View Profile|
|Nikita McNeill||Nikita has a strong record of high-profile inquests and public inquiries. She…||View Profile|
|Brian O’Neill QC||Now in his twelfth year in Silk, Brian provides advice and advocacy…||View Profile|
|James Pickup||James Pickup QC has long been established as a specialist in commercial…||View Profile|
|Orlando Pownall||Orlando is ‘regarded by his peers as being one of the best…||View Profile|
|Sarah Przybylska||Sarah Przybylska’s work encompasses advice and advocacy across professional discipline, fraud, crime,…||View Profile|
|Andrew Radcliffe||Andrew Radcliffe QC is predominantly a white collar crime fraud specialist, who…||View Profile|
|Michael Rawlinson||From a background defending and prosecuting serious crime, Michael has developed a…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Rees||At the end of July 2020, Jonny was appointed as Director of…||View Profile|
|Paul Renteurs||Paul Renteurs joined chambers in 2014. Whilst specialising in criminal defence and…||View Profile|
|Ben Rich||Ben has a substantial practice appearing before a variety of regulators including…||View Profile|
|Robert Rinder||Robert Rinder’s practice focuses primarily on international fraud, money laundering, and other…||View Profile|
|Fiona Robertson||Fiona Robertson is a highly sought after junior with a diverse criminal…||View Profile|
|Laura Stephenson||Laura has a busy and diverse practice, specialising in crime, professional discipline,…||View Profile|
|Alexandra Tampakopoulos||Alexandra is a recognised expert in the field of Inquest and Public…||View Profile|
|Vivienne Tanchel||Vivienne is ranked in band 1 by Chambers and Partners for Financial…||View Profile|
|Hannah Thomas||Since joining Chambers in March 2019 Hannah has established a busy practice…||View Profile|
|Redmond Traynor||Redmond joined 2 Hare Court in March 2021 following the successful completion…||View Profile|
|Christopher Ware||Christopher Ware principally defends in serious and complex fraud; corporate, regulatory and…||View Profile|
|Howard Watkinson||Howard is recognised as an experienced leading junior in the areas of:…||View Profile|
|David Whittaker||David Whittaker QC has considerable experience in most forms of serious crime.…||View Profile|
|Madeleine Wolfe||Madeleine Wolfe is a specialist in defending and prosecuting complex and highly…||View Profile|
|Peter Wright QC||Peter Wright QC is cited by Chambers UK, the Legal 500 and…||View Profile|
|Gudrun Young QC||Gudrun Young is a highly specialised criminal advocate. She has extensive experience…||View Profile|
|Merry van Woodenberg||Merry specialises in serious and complex crime, with particular expertise in violent…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresDirector of Clerking : Julian Campbell Senior Practice Clerk : Jack Shah Practice Clerks : Louis Lockwood & Chloe Skingsley Assistant & Junior Clerks : Jack Mahoney & Nadia Todor-Ward Marketing Manager : Julia Fox Snr Administrator : Gemma Butler Fees Clerks : Terry Houchin & Steve Clark Snr Receptionist : Judith Taylor
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Equality & Diversity
We are fully committed to equal treatment in all aspects of our work and practices.
This is reflected in our overarching Equality and Diversity strategy. We have a committed and proactive Equality, Diversity and Social Responsibility group, overseeing all aspects of Diversity, Equality, Wellbeing and Environmental awareness.
We dedicate significant time and attention towards fair recruitment, to encourage and achieve the recruitment at all levels of talented individuals from minority groups that are currently under-represented. All members who play a role in recruitment are given specific Equality & Diversity training. We are involved, either as partners or through members of Chambers volunteering, in a number of outreach and social mobility programmes:
- Kalisher Trust
- The Pegasus Access and Support Scheme (PASS) run by Inner Temple
- Young Citizens
- Bridging the Bar
- Urban Lawyers
- BME Legal
- Bar Placement Week
- Women in Criminal Law Group
- I am the Bar
- Barristers in Schools
In addition to a comprehensive Equality & Diversity Policy, we have dedicated policies and charters addressing:
- Parental leave, career breaks and flexible working hours
- Career progression and mentoring
- Mental health
- Anti-harassment and anti-bullying
These apply to all barristers and staff and are designed to ensure that no form of discrimination, whether direct or indirect, is permitted or practised within Chambers, and that the effect of any discriminatory practice by any individual or organisation with whom we have contact, is negated.
We have two Equality and Diversity officers with direct responsibility for ensuring that our policies are respected and implemented.
We know that discrimination and inequality appear in many forms and may be difficult to recognise. Education, training and consultation are therefore central to our strategy. We employ external specialists to assist us, and we review guidance from the Bar Council and other organisations within the justice system. All of our policies are regularly reviewed and revised.
In accordance with Bar Standards Board Handbook Rule C110.3, we publish a summary of the Diversity Data of our members and staff. That summary may be accessed here.
2 HARE COURT – CSR
2 Hare Court is dedicated to the core values of corporate social responsibility (CSR). We take part in a range of charity initiatives that benefit others. Many of our barristers undertake sporting challenges to raise money for various charitable organisations, supported by chambers.
We are aware of the environmental impact of our office waste and re-use and recycle wherever possible. We also regularly donate furniture and materials to the British Heart Foundation.
Many of our barristers provide pro bono advice to those who cannot afford legal representation.
We are keen to work together with our clients on their CSR programmes, if you would like to know more please contact us.