Equality & diversity

8 New Square Intellectual Property is committed to the active promotion of equal opportunities and to ensuring, at all relevant times, an absence of direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, religion or political persuasion.

Chambers and members of chambers engage in a variety of initiatives that promote the advancement of a diverse Bar. These include membership of the Bar Council and ChBA Wellbeing Committee, IP inclusive, Bridging the Bar and sponsorship of academic scholarships that promote social mobility to name but a few.

Chambers has recently committed to host an intern on a shared basis with other contributing Chambers, law firms and the judiciary as part of the Bar’s collective participation in the #10000BlackInterns Scheme.  The 10,000 Black Interns Programme aims to transform the horizons and prospects of young Black people in the UK by offering paid work experience across a wide range of industries, as well as world-class training and development. More information and how to apply can be found here.

We are proud to be a sponsor and partner of Bridging the Bar, a charity committed to the promotion of diversity and equal opportunities at the Bar.  Bridging the Bar is committed to increasing the equality of access to opportunities in the legal profession across all underrepresented groups.

Its three main objectives are:

  • equal access to opportunity – through its Mini-Pupillage scheme;
  • mentorship – aiming to make the Bar a more accessible and better understood profession by connecting a diverse pool of students with dedicated mentors; and
  • transparency – using its directories to highlight the chambers and organisations that are leading the way towards equal access to opportunity.

To find out more about Bridging the Bar and its Mini-Pupillage scheme, please click here.

Chambers Diversity Data Officer Harri Gibson holds anonymous diversity statistics for all members, pupils, door tenants and staff in chambers (data May 2019). The statistics are not published here because with relatively few numbers in each diversity category there would be risk of identification for individuals. Chambers is however, confident that we have a reasonable mix of members in respect of gender and ethnicity, given our size.

If you would like to discuss this further please contact Harri Gibson, Data Diversity Officer at harri.gibson@8newsquare.co.uk  or on 020 7405 4321 who will be happy to assist you.