We are committed to ensuring that we take account of our social, economic and environmental impact as much as possible. We aim to implement voluntary actions over and above compliance with the minimum legal requirements to ensure these goals are met.
7BR recognises the importance of access to independent, high quality legal advice for all individuals; as such, members of chambers contribute extensively to pro bono work to assist individuals who otherwise might not receive the legal assistance they require. Members have been volunteering their time and services for the Bar Pro Bono Unit since it was established in 1996 as well as the Free Representation Unit by appearing before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on behalf of brain injured victims of violent crime. A number of members also work closely with regular instructing solicitors to provide free legal assistance where possible. For example, a member recently represented four Pitcairn Islanders on appeal to the Privy Council following their convictions for rape and indecent assault.
7BR has a long history of supporting students, particularly those who come from lower socio-economic backgrounds, in starting a career at the Bar through participating in individual one-on-one mentoring programmes through the Inns of Court Sponsorship Scheme and The University of Greenwich Law Advisory Committee. Barristers are matched with students who benefit from tailored career advice, C.V writing sessions and interview practise.
Members of chambers regularly chair moots and judge mock trials to assist and encourage those starting out at the Bar improve their skills and abilities. Chambers also sponsors essay competitions at both the University of Greenwich and City of London University.
Chambers is committed to reducing its impact on the wider environment by recycling, energy conservation and purchasing recycled materials wherever possible.
7BR is committed to supporting the wider community. Every other year, members of 7BR collectively select the two charities that chambers will support with fund raising events and financial donations over the next 24 months. Further, we always support our members’ and clients’ charitable initiatives by taking part in organised events and through monetary donations.
7BR is proud to be an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination, on grounds of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, age or political persuasion.
Chambers’ equality and diversity records are available on request.
Chambers has made adjustments to its premises to accommodate clients, members and staff with disabilities. Members of 7BR extensively support access to the Bar programmes for individuals seeking a career in the law.
Members are engaged in mentoring law students as well as providing other forms of professional support such as CV building and interview training.
Chambers participates in the Bar Council’s Social Mobility Foundation Initiative which encourages young individuals from state schools to experience life at the Bar by completing weekly placements in Chambers.
Members of 7BR have also been influential in the establishment of The Bar Nursery which assists working professional parents by offering affordable child care near the Old Bailey.
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