Trinity Chambers is committed to treating everyone fairly and to creating an inclusive working environment that is open to all and does not discriminate on the grounds of protected characteristics and/or social, economic or educational background or circumstances. In particular, we will not tolerate unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, disability, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership, gender reassignment, age, religion or philosophical belief.
Furthermore, we recognise that workplace diversity is essential to a strong and commercially successful Chambers. For Trinity Chambers, this means the following:-
- Selecting the best barristers and staff from the widest possible pool
- Retaining those barristers and staff for the long-term and supporting their career aspirations
- Ensuring there is no discrimination in the provision of services
- Taking positive action where necessary to create and retain a strong, diverse workforce.
As one of our primary aims is for chambers to be more reflective of the society we serve, we specifically want to encourage applicants from under-represented groups including those who are state-educated, marginalised by race, are female or who have a disability.
Diversity Data Monitoring
The Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct requires all Chambers to collect and publish an anonymised summary of the diversity data relating to its workforce every three years. Our last survey was conducted in Q4 2020 and can be found here.
We use this data to identify the areas in which chambers needs to improve and to create a robust action plan to ensure that Trinity Chambers not only reflects the community we serve but also creates a working environment in which fairness and respect for each other’s differences is at the heart of our decision-making.
The responsibility for delivering our Equality & Diversity policies and procedures lies with our Equality & Diversity Committee. The members are drawn from a range of practice groups within Chambers and from different levels of seniority and experience from KC to junior tenants. The committee was reconfigured in 2020, with the aim of reviewing and strengthening chambers’ equality and diversity policies and initiatives. This has resulted in the rollout of several training programmes for members and staff, and ongoing innovative and collaborative initiatives to work to address issues impacting the Bar as a whole. This has included a number of community outreach projects with the aim of making our members and our work more visible and better understood, with the ultimate aim of increasing diversity at the Bar.
For questions relating to our equality and diversity policies or data, please contact Chambers on 0191 232 1927 and we will put you in touch with one of our Equality and Diversity Officers. We also welcome and encourage any suggestions which help us on our learning journey.
Current and Developing initiatives
In addition to regular training, Trinity is taking a number of steps to promote equality and diversity:-
- We regularly review and update our policies to provide as much support as we can to our barristers and staff, e.g. through policies such as shared parental leave and our menopause policy.
- We are introducing new systems and processes to regularly monitor income and work distribution by sex and race based on the Bar Council’s Work Distribution Toolkit
- We are taking part in the 10,000 Black Interns project in 2023
- We have set up a race equality working group in Chambers to identify and address any barriers to race equality.
- Along with BHP Law, we led the roll-out of the Aspiring Advocates’ Programme in the North East in conjunction with colleagues from Dere Street Barristers and Fountain Chambers. In the summer term of 2022, we delivered a 6-week Aspiring Advocates’ Training Programme to Year 10 students at a state school on Teesside. It was designed to spark interest in a career in law for students from communities who are under-represented in the legal profession. Due to the success of the programme, we are rolling it out to other schools in 2023.
- Our barristers regularly visit schools to provide informative talks on the profession and also speak at events promoting careers at the Bar for women.