We are committed to upholding equality and diversity legislation

Equality law and diversity law is of the utmost importance within Five Paper Chambers. We are committed to providing a workplace where everyone can flourish in an environment in which all barristers, pupils and members of staff can achieve their best, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/ maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

So what do we do?

  • We take our commitment seriously – see our Equality Policy.
  • We also have an Action Plan – this contains the steps to be taken by us in the next year in order to promote fair treatment in Chambers and at the Bar.
  • All those in Chambers have regular equality and diversity training, provided by external accredited trainers.
  • Each year, we submit out data, policies and actions to the BSN Diversity League Table to see how we are doing in comparison to others at the Bar.
  • We aim to make our services available to everyone.  Please contact us if there are any reasonable adjustments you need.

Recognition of our commitments

  • Awarded 4th place in the Overall Diversity League Table for Barristers’ Chambers 2015.
  • Joint 1st ranking for our Policy and Practice in the Diversity league Table 2015.
  • Awarded 3rd place for female members in Chambers in the Diversity League Table 2015 with 43% of our barristers being women.
  • Ranked 6th for minority ethnic members of chambers, with 13% of Five Paper from BAME backgrounds.

2015 Diversity League Table report (Digital Edition)

Diversity Data

Please see below the results of the Diversity Questionnaire that was distributed to a total of 59 people which included members of Chambers, pupils, clerks, door tenants and staff. 51 responded, of those 6 did not consent to their data being published or indicated that they preferred not to complete, and therefore their data has been excluded from the table below.

 

Age

16 – 24 3
25 – 34 10
35 – 44 13
45 – 54 8
55 – 64 6
65+ 5
 

Gender

M 27
F 18
 

Disability

Yes 5
No 39
Prefer not to say 1
 

Ethnic Group

African 1
White and Asian 1
White and Black African 1
White – British/English/Welsh/Northern Irish/Scottish 39
Irish 2
White – Other (South African) 1
 

Sexual orientation

Gay/Lesbian 5
Heterosexual/straight 40
 

First generation to attend University

Yes 23
No 17
Did not attend University 5
 

State or fee paying school

UK State School 31
UK Independent/Fee-paying school 13
Attended school outside the UK 1
 

Primary carer for child/children under 18

Yes 12
No 33
 

Hours of help or support to family or others
because of either ill-health/disability or
problems related to old age

None 31
1 – 19 hours a week 10
20 – 49 hours a week 3
Prefer not to say 1