We are proud to be a welcoming and inclusive Chambers

The principles of equality and diversity are of the utmost importance to Five Paper. We are committed to fostering a workplace where members and staff come from diverse backgrounds, and in which everyone can flourish.

So what do we do?

  • We take our commitment seriously – see the Five Paper 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.
  • We aim to make our services available to everyone.  Please contact us if there are any reasonable adjustments you need.
  • We are taking bold steps to make our pupillage recruitment process as fair as possible, and are one of very few chambers who operate a university-blind approach.

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, including members of Chambers, pupils, clerks, door tenants and staff. 51 people responded, of  whom 6 did not consent to their data being published or indicated that they preferred not to complete the Diversity Questionnaire. Their data has therefore 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