Chambers Social Responsibility
In Chambers we recognise the importance of social responsibility, and are working to incorporate ethical practices into every aspect of our operations.
We are committed to increasing the diversity of the profession, and providing equal opportunities. You can read more about our equality and diversity initiatives here.
Pro bono and volunteering
Many of our members provide pro bono advice and representation to those who are in need of free legal assistance. This is primarily provided through Advocate. Craig Richardson represented Molly, a mother in danger of losing her child whose story is featured on the Advocate website. Click here to read her story.
Dale Timson and Holly Symonds have recently completed the 25 for 25 challenge for Advocate completing over 25 hours of pro bono advice in the last year. One of Dale's recent cases was Shahzad v Mazher (Queen’s Proctor Intervening)  EWCA Civ 1740 in which he represented the Appellant pro bono in a case before the Court of Appeal involving issues as to fraud, divorce, and procedural irregularity. Dale was successful in his primary argument as to the effect of fraud on divorce. The client replied to say:
"Words really are unable to express by relief, gratitude and feelings from the initial appointment of Dale, who right from the outset worked tirelessly to work with me and likewise advise me from start to finish ensuring every matter and point however small was explored and no stone left unturned.
Other members who have volunteered with Advocate include Simon O'Toole whose client said: "I have been extremely lucky to have the wisdom of such a wonderful human being and barrister. My faith in the legal system is renewed because of this person's belief in justice".
Our members actively support the future of the profession by getting involved in initiatives through the Inns of Court to train current and future barristers. They also take part in efforts to inform students and schools about the opportunities available in the legal profession and particularly at the self-employed Bar. In April 2021, Dr Onyoja Momoh was a judge in the EU Pax Moot Competition 2021: a moot court competition on Private International Law, funded by the EU Commission and coordinated by the University of Antwerp, with participating law students from around the world.
Many members and staff are involved as volunteers in charities and community groups and as trustees and board members of charitable organisations, and play an active role in their local communities. Many of these groups are connected with their specialist practice areas. Kyle Squire is a trustee for Live Unlimited, a charity which seeks to support children in care and care leavers from the Barnet area by providing them with experiences which corporate parents cannot provide, but which may have been provided by birth families.
As a Chambers, we support the London Legal Support Trust in its fundraising initiatives. In the last year, we have taken part in the Great Legal Bake and several Legal Lockdown Quizzes. We also participate in the annual London Legal Walk.
We support members and staff who undertake fundraising events for charities of their choice. In 2021, our Assistant Practice Manager, Stephen Bush, ran the London Marathon for the Malawi Bail Project. Dickon Edwards ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon for Cancer Research UK. In February 2022, Jo Morris did a firewalk for ProDogs Direct.
A career at the self-employed Bar can be very stressful, and we are conscious that our members and staff frequently work long hours on cases which are legally demanding and involve clients in pressurised and emotional circumstances. We provide informal support networks including a regular ‘Chambers Tea’ for all members, a get together for junior members at least fortnightly, and a buddy scheme for pupils. We operate an open door policy within Chambers, and members are encouraged to turn to each other for help and support.
We have a formal email policy and do not expect members or staff to deal with emails before 9am, after 6pm or over the weekend.
We encourage members to access support from https://www.wellbeingatthebar.org.uk
Environment and sustainability
We are members of the Bar Sustainability Network. We would like to minimise our environmental impact. We are working to encourage greater recycling within Chambers, and reduction of paper use. The introduction of more sustainable working practices is one of our aims for the next 12-24 months.