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.