Devon Chambers supports the Bar’s commitment to improving diversity in our profession. We recognise that we, ourselves, do not reflect the diverse workforce we wish to see, and that there remains work for us to do.
In the last 12 months, Devon Chambers has been taking steps to improve diversity and reduce racism, both in the profession in general, and within our own Chambers.
- Signing up to both the Bridging the Bar and Bar None mini-pupillage schemes, encouraging applications from more diverse backgrounds and ensuring that Chambers’ resources are allocated for this.
- Reviewing our application process, from advertisement to recruitment, to increase opportunities to improve diversity at every stage of the process.
- Preparing to provide a pupillage “boot camp” for students from under-represented groups, focusing on the application process and interview techniques, before our pupillage recruitment cycle.
- Planning to provide financially supported mini pupillages when our mini pupillages resume post-pandemic.
- Some members having chosen to volunteer for both Bridging the Bar and Bar None, including mentoring prospective barristers, and facilitating talks to students.
- Targeting our advertising of opportunities and recruitment.
- Arranging anti-racism training for all members.
- Reminding members of each individual’s responsibility to promote and support diversity.
We welcome feedback and encourage ideas to help us improve diversity. Please contact Holly Rust to discuss this further.