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.

Diversity Data

Please see below the results of the Diversity Questionnaire that was distributed to a total of 54 people, including members of Chambers, pupils, clerks and staff. Some respondents 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. Some people gave general consent but did not consent to their sexual orientation or religion being published, their data has also been removed as per the new Bar Standards Board rules published on 2 September 2019.

16 – 24 1
25 – 34 7
35 – 44 7
45 – 54 4
55 – 64 3
65 plus 1
Prefer not to say 2
M 13
F 10
Prefer not to say 2
Yes 5
No 18
Prefer not to say 2
Ethnic Group
Asian 1
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British – African 1
Mixed/multiple ethnicity – White and Asian 2
White – British/English/Welsh/Northern Irish/Scottish 17
White – Irish 1
White – Other 1
Prefer not to say 2
Sexual orientation  
Gay/Lesbian 1
Heterosexual/straight 21
Prefer not to say 3
First Generation University Graduate
Graduate, not first generation 8
Graduate, first generation 9
Did not attend University 5
Prefer not to say 3
State or fee paying school
UK State School 14
UK Independent/Fee-paying school 6
Attended school outside the UK 2
Prefer not to say 3
Primary carer for child/children under 18
Yes 6
No 17
Prefer not to say 2
Hours of help or support to family or others because of either ill-health/disability or problems related to old age  
None 15
1 – 19 hours a week 5
20 – 49 hours a week 0
50 or more hours a week 2
Prefer not to say 3
Religion or belief  
None 10
Christian (all denominations) 11
Prefer not to say 4