Diversity Data 2019
As part of its commitment to equality and diversity, KBW Chambers conducts a survey of members diversity characteristics every three years. Our most recent Diversity Data survey was completed in spring/summer 2019. A summary of the data, edited so as not to enable the identity of individuals, is available here: KBW Diversity Data 2019.
The following features of the 2019 data are particularly noticeable:
- 54% of responders identified as male, and 42% as female.
- 76% of responders identified as white British. 24% identified as members of other ethnic groups.
- More than half of responders (56%) were the first in their family to go to university.
- Half of all responders were primary carers for a child or children under 18.
- 12% had caring responsibilities for relatives who needed care due to age or long term disability.
- 72% of responders went to a UK state secondary school compared to only 20% who went to a fee-paying school.
However there is always more work to do to promote equality and diversity at the Bar, and KBW Chambers will use the information gathered during this and future diversity data surveys to inform our equality action plan for 2020 and future years.
KBW Chambers Anti-Racism Statement
Events around the world since May 2020 have impressed on us all the need to address the barriers to racial equality and eliminate racism in all its forms. KBW Chambers is committed to playing its part in this process.
To this end we further commit ourselves to the following:
1) Providing the highest quality of professional service to all clients, treating all with whom we come into contact in the course of our working lives (including witnesses, opposing parties, legal professionals, judiciary and court staff) with courtesy and respect, and seeking to understand the particular needs and perspectives of all, regardless of race or ethnicity.
2) Ensuring that chambers is an environment free from harassment, bullying, victimisation or discrimination on any grounds, including race or ethnicity.
3) Seeking to recruit barristers, pupils and members of staff from all racial and ethnic groups, and breaking down the barriers that stand in the way of achieving racial diversity in the legal profession.
4) Taking positive action to encourage and support aspiring barristers from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are under-represented at the Bar, in the legal profession generally and among the judiciary.
5) Ensuring that all barristers in chambers have the opportunity to develop their practices in whichever direction they choose to pursue, regardless of race or ethnicity, and that they succeed and thrive in their chosen profession.
6) All those involved in chambers (members, pupils and staff) will continue to learn and educate ourselves on issues of race and ethnicity to expand our understanding of how to be actively anti-racist and work towards equality.
This statement forms part of our wider commitment to equality and diversity, including addressing issues related all protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, and which is embodied in our Equality and Diversity Policy.