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Old Square Chambers

Chambers of Mark Sutton QC

Work 020 7269 0300
Fax 020 7405 1387
Bristol, London

Chambers attaches fundamental importance to the principles of equality and diversity and to the principles and guidance set out in the Equality and Diversity Code for the Bar and Chambers’ Equality and Diversity Policy.

We are committed to ensuring that high standards of performance and conduct are observed by all Members, pupils and staff and that Members, pupils, staff and clients and all those who have dealings with Chambers are treated with openness, fairness and respect.

Our ethos pivots on our commitment to the promotion of equality and diversity through the law. Social responsibility is at the heart of this.

Many of our barristers provide pro bono advice to those who cannot afford legal representation to ensure that lack of funding does not prevent their access to justice.

Either as a collective or individually, members of Chambers and staff support a number of charitable organisations of all sizes, through volunteering their time, fundraising or simply making a donation.

We undertake a number of schemes to improve access to the legal system for those wishing to enter the profession. These include pupillages, mini pupillages and work experience schemes. With regard to work experience in particular, we partner with several organisations that provide work experience placements to individuals from socio economic backgrounds that would perhaps not otherwise have the opportunity to gain such experience.

All of our recruitment processes are structured to ensure fair access and adhere to the recommendations and rules outlined in the Bar Standards Board’s Fair Recruitment guidance. Where possible, applications are anonymised and any detail in respect of protected characteristics removed prior to any shortlisting process to ensure that any risk of conscious or unconscious bias is removed.

Staff and members are regularly trained in the principles of equality and diversity and all work practices, including allocation of work to members, are aligned with these values.

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