Equal Opportunities Policy

  1. Chambers is committed to achieving equality of opportunity and to ensuring at all times that no-one should be treated less favourably on the grounds of their race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, citizenship, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, religion, creed, disability, political persuasion or any other inappropriate ground.

  2. Chambers aims to ensure that no unlawful or unfair discrimination (whether direct or indirect) or victimisation or harassment takes place on any of the above grounds.

  3. This Policy will apply to every aspect of life within Chambers including the recruitment of tenants, selection of pupils, employment of staff, provision of services to the public, behaviour between members of Chambers (Barristers), behaviour between Barristers and employees and the engagement and treatment of third parties visiting Chambers.

  4. Chambers will apply the Policy when carrying out any of its functions including recruitment and selection of tenants, pupils and employees, the monitoring of progress of pupils, the continuing review and assessment of employees, the provision of support, training and assistance to pupils and employees and the promotion and marketing of Barristers.

  5. Chambers will apply the Policy to all those with whom it deals. In addition, it will seek to ensure that the Policy is observed by all those over whom it has control or influence including Barristers, employees and pupils of Chambers.

  6. Chambers will regularly monitor and review the implementation of the Policy and in particular will ensure that the recruitment of tenants, selection of pupils and employees or other staff and the promotion and marketing of Barristers is guided by the Policy.

  7. The Equal Opportunity Officer (a Barrister of Chambers) is responsible for the effective operation of this policy of Stour Chambers and he / she will review on a regular basis any guidance issued by the Bar Council or any other relevant legal organisation and make any recommendations necessary, including whether any training is required, in order to ensure that the Policy and its implementation by Chambers is appropriate and in accordance with up to date law and guidance.

  8. In giving effect to this Policy, Chambers will establish, maintain and review mechanisms for resolving grievances, investigating complaints and invoking disciplinary procedures.