Diversity and inclusion
Twenty Essex has adopted a proactive approach to ensuring diversity within chambers and at the Bar. With an active and engaged committee spearheading internal and external initiatives, Twenty Essex is proud to be an inclusive environment and is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for members, employees, pupils, mini-pupils, prospective tenants and prospective pupils.
We are proud to declare that we are a London Living Wage employer.
The Bar Standards Board Handbook rules relating to Equality and Diversity state that a summary of the Diversity Data submitted by the ‘workforce’ (meaning barristers members, pupils and employees) should be updated every three years and published on the website. The summary data for Twenty Essex last surveyed in December 2020 can be found here.
Rare contextual recruitment
We use Rare’s Contextual Recruitment System to review applications for pupillage and mini-pupillage in the context of the candidates’ socio-economic background. The system is intended to allow a recruiter to put a candidate’s achievements into the context of the candidate’s circumstances. Efforts to improve recruitment processes in terms of fairness, objectivity and awareness are just one piece of the jigsaw that will lead to a more diverse Bar and this is why a long-term commitment to diversity is one of our strategic objectives.
Women in Law Pledge
We are proud signatories to the Women in Law Pledge created by the Bar Council of England and Wales, The Law Society, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). We are committed to the progress of gender equality, elimination of gender discrimination and pledge to make positive change for the legal profession.
Disability and accessibility at Twenty Essex
Twenty Essex’s premises are compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act and if you would like to discuss any particular requirements for adjustments to services, including specific visitor needs, please contact our Facilities Manager.
We recognise that working in the legal profession can often create a highly demanding and stressful environment for members and employees. As a chambers we are determined to achieve the appropriate balance between the professional and personal demands of working at the Bar and the need for individual wellbeing. We are focused on the wellbeing of members and employees and we are pleased to highlight that we have been awarded the Wellbeing at the Bar Certificate of Recognition.
Twenty Essex has a long tradition of its members providing legal advice and representation on a pro bono basis. Barristers support Advocate, CLIPS, and FRU on a regular basis as well as a range of other organisations.
Chambers has provided placements on the Bar Placement Week in partnership with the Bar Council, and a number of our barristers have volunteered as mentors for students in recent years, through the Social Mobility Foundation as well as other organisations.
We are also proud to be a supporter of the 10,000 Black Interns project, including by providing a summer internship as part of a collective of sets.
Volunteering and giving
Members and employees regularly make charitable donations, and within the work environment take part in a range of charitable events such as the annual London Legal Walk and the Palace to Palace bike ride in support of The Prince’s Trust. Internally hosted fundraising events also raised money for local and nominated charities.