Equality Diversity and Inclusion

Deans Court Chambers is committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace and in the wider community.

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Recruitment Equality

“When recruiting for pupillage, we recognise that candidates who have excelled despite a lack of socio-economic advantage are highly impressive.” – Nicholas Grimshaw – Head of Pupillage Recruitment

We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds and all sectors of the community. Candidates for pupillage and for tenancy are assessed solely on the grounds of merit.

If you are disabled and require any adjustments to be made at any stage of the application and selection process, then please inform us in confidence of this and we will make reasonable adjustments to accommodate your needs. Contact Alex Jenkinson - ajenkinson@deanscourt.co.uk

Candidates for pupillage and tenancy are recruited and appointed fairly, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion or (subject to the physical requirements of practice) disability and in accordance with the Chambers protocol on recruitment. 
Recruitment of and selection procedures for staff are conducted in the same way. 
We are committed to and put into effect equality of opportunity in Chambers. In particular, we:

  • Adhere to the Code of Conduct Pupillage Guidelines
  • Do not accede to discriminatory instructions from professional clients, whether solicitors or other instructing agents
  • Have a system for the fair distribution of work to working pupils and in respect of unnamed work coming into Chambers
  • Adhere to the Bar Council maternity leave guidelines

Nicholas Grimshaw, Anna Bentley, James Paterson and Virginia Hayton – are our Pupillage Equality Leads, who mentor and review our recruitment procedures with our Equality and Diversity Committee.