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Equality and diversity

Equality and diversity

The principles of equal opportunity and diversity are a fundamental part of Cornerstone Barristers' philosophy and are essential to our success as a thriving set. It is our unequivocal policy not to discriminate against anyone, either directly or indirectly, on grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, maternity or paternity, disability, religion or belief, age, part-time, fixed-term or contractual status, or on any other irrelevant or irrational basis.

In particular, Chambers is committed to ensuring that it selects pupils, tenants and employees without discrimination, that discriminatory considerations play no part in the allocation of work within chambers, and that we do not accept instructions from solicitors who seek to select Counsel on a discriminatory basis. We endeavour to treat everyone, both inside and outside Chambers, with attention, courtesy, respect and consideration. We also aim to ensure that our pupillage, work experience, employment and membership opportunities are open and accessible to all based on individual qualities and personal merit.

We have a well-established equality and diversity policy which we review at least annually to ensure that it remains current and responsive. We have established a comprehensive diversity action plan to ensure that the principles of the policy are properly put into practice.

We capture, record, analyse and interpret diversity data for all recruitment (staff, pupils, mini-pupils and tenants). We will conduct next full diversity survey of all members and staff in early 2017.

Here is a link to our Equality and Diversity Policy.

Here is a link to our Diversity Data 2012-13.

Here is a link to our Workforce Diversity Data as at June 2014.

Publications

Corporate Liability: Work related deaths and criminal prosecutions
Cornerstone on anti-social behaviour: The new law
Cornerstone on Councillors' conduct
Cornerstone on Planning Court
Cornerstone's Electoral Legislation 2016
Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy