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Equality and Diversity


20 Essex Street Chambers is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for members, staff, pupils, mini-pupils, prospective tenants and prospective pupils. All conduct of chambers and its members should be consistent with the professional obligation of barristers not to discriminate directly or indirectly or to victimise because of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, nationality, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religion or political persuasion. 20 Essex Street are also supporters of the Bar Council's Social Mobility Foundation which seeks to provide access to the Bar for people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Chambers will regularly review its Equal Opportunities Policy in the light of its workability, effectiveness and changing circumstances. Chambers is an equal opportunities employer.

In accordance with the requirements set down by the Bar Standards Board, data in respect of Chambers' Equality and Diversity is set out in the attached document.

A copy of our members' equality and diversity policy (PDF, 1.5MB) is available.

Services for people with disabilities

20 Essex Street has the following particular facilities:

Ground floor conference room readily accessible for wheelchairs
Disabled washroom facility
Hearing loop facility
Materials and documents available in large print on request
Minicom messaging for telephone calls
Metered parking in Essex Street which orange badge holders can use free of charge
Arrangements can be made for members of chambers to attend conferences at solicitors' offices or other suitable premises if this assists

If you would like to discuss any particular requirements for adjustments to services, including specific visitor or client needs, please contact our clerks or our Facilities Manager Sean Bates.

Corporate Social Responsibility 

Chambers also contributes annually to the London Bar Placement week (in partnership with the Social Mobility Scheme). It also provides a week's work experience under the Staughton Award.

Members & staff regularly make charitable donations, taking part in a wide range of charitable events such as the annual London Legal Walk. In June 2019 we will again be taking part in the London Legal Walk and in October 2018, a team of members and staff participated in the Palace to Palace bike ride in support of The Prince's Trust.