Equality Policy

Atlantic Chambers is firmly committed to the active promotion of Equality and Diversity and Equal Opportunities.  Atlantic Chambers recognises that such a commitment requires taking positive steps to identify and eliminate possible areas of discrimination so as to afford:

  • Equality of access to all applicants for mini pupillage, tenancy and employment;
  • Equality of treatment to all members, pupils and staff;
  • Equality of service to professional clients covering both the planning of services and the decision whether to accept instructions or other advice.


Chambers understands that if Chambers (and more widely, the Bar) is to thrive, it needs to select the very best from the widest possible pool.

Chambers is firmly committed to equal opportunities and tackling discrimination.  Chambers recognises that in society, groups and individuals are at risk of being oppressed and/or disadvantaged on the grounds of their race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, religion or belief or pregnancy and maternity.

Our full policy is available upon request to julie@atlanticchambers.co.uk



Atlantic Chambers condemns racism in all its forms and is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment, free from racism and all forms of discrimination for all of our members, their clients, our employees and others who work with and visit Chambers.

Click here for our full statement.



In accordance with the Bar Standards Board's rule, Atlantic Chambers has appointed Ann Beattie as Diversity Data Officer and has carried out a survey of all staff, members of Chambers and pupils in order to gather diversity data.

An anonymised summary of the data collected is set out below.  Not all data can be published as, where there are fewer than 10 individuals falling into a particular category or with a particular characteristic, the data can only be published if all those within the category or with that characteristic agree.  Atlantic Chambers has fewer than 10 Queen's Counsel, Pupils, Clerks, Fee Clerks, Administrators and Support Staff therefore the data relating to them has not been included.

The excercise is entirely voluntary, therefore some data is missing as not everyone completed a form or gave the required consent.  In addition each question gave the option to select 'prefer not to say' therefore that is included where relevant in the summary below.



1. Do you have responsibility for supervising or managing the work of employees?

Yes = 1    

No = 12

Prefer not to say = 0


2. Age

16 - 24 =0

25 - 34 =0

35 - 44 = <10

45 - 54 = 4

55 - 64 = 2

65+ = 0

Prefer not to say = 0


3. Gender

Male = 7

Female = <10

Prefer not to say = 0


4. Disability

a)       do you consider yourself to have a disability according to the definition in the Equality Act?

Yes = 0

No = 12

Prefer not to say = 0


b)       are your day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?

Yes, limited a lot = 0

Yes, limited a little = <10

No = 11

Prefer not to say = 0


5. Ethnic Group

Indian = 1

British/English/Welsh/ Northern Irish/Scottish/Manx = 11

Prefer not to say = 0



6. Socio-economic background

a)       If you went to University |(to study a BA, BSc course or higher), were you part of the first generation of your family to do so?

Yes = <10

No = 4

Did not attend University = 0

Prefer not to say = 0

b) Did you mainly attend a state or fee paying school between the ages of 11 - 18?

       UK State School = <10

       UK Independent/fee paying school = 3

       Attended school outside the UK = 0

       Prefer not to say = 0


7. Caring responsibilities

a)   Are you a primary carer for a child or children under 18? 

Yes = 6

No = <10

Prefer not to say = 0

b)       Do you look after, or give any help or support to family members, friends, neighbours or others because of either:


-Long term physical or mental ill-health/disability

-Problems relating to old age

(do not count anything you do as part of your paid employment)


No = 15

yes, 1-19 hours a week = <10

Yes, 20+ hours a week = 0

Prefer not to say = 1


8. What is your sexual orientation

Heterosexual/straight - 12

Bisexual - 0

Gay man - 0

Gay woman/lesbian - 0

Other - 0

Prefer not to say - <10



9.What is your religion or belief?

No religion or belief - <10

Christian (all denominations) - <10

Any other religion - <10

Prefer not to say - <10







Year of call: 2014

Inn: Middle Temple

Area: Family