Our aim is to create an environment where the individual differences of all our members, pupils, employees and clients are respected and valued. 

We are an inclusive set and consistently strive to raise standards and attract members who possess exceptional ability. We are therefore committed to ensuring equality of opportunity regardless of race, nationality, social class, gender, age, disability, parental or carer status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. Our pupil selection process anonymises applications.

As one of the largest sets in England and Wales, we regularly review our selection process to ensure our recruitment policy is based upon skill, technical knowledge and ability.

Our commitment to equality and diversity is reflected in our Equality Policy. It is an essential part of who we are and has been integral to our achievements thus far.

Equality and Diversity Data

Red Lion Chambers has collated diversity data from its members and support team in accordance with the Bar Standards Board regulatory requirements. This essential exercise allows for continual improvements and effectiveness, in line with our commitment to equality and diversity.

RLC Equality and Diversity Statistics 2019 (download)

Highlights from our 2019 responses

Chambers is committed to promoting and developing equality and diversity in all aspects of a tenant’s life.  We also have a dedicated Equality & Diversity Officer, Michelle Nelson QC.

GENERAL STATEMENT:

Summary of the latest Diversity and Equality data for RLC 2019. This report was based on member responses collated in July 2019 and correct at time of publication.

GENDER

Chambers has been leading the way forward with gender equality supporting and nurturing Women at the Bar from junior level right through to QC and senior appointments in the judiciary.

RLC has increasingly grown the number of women within its chambers as well as seen a rise in the proportion of women that are pupils.

2019 saw the first female Joint Head of Chambers appointed.

NON-TRADITIONAL BACKGROUNDS

Responses highlight that RLC greatly support those who come from non-traditional backgrounds and are state educated with almost half its membership coming from both sectors.

BAME 

Chambers recognises that there is disparity with its BAME representation and that work still needs to be done in encouraging more diversity in our applications for pupillage and to our membership.

Sadly, this is a trend found right across the Bar.

As a result, RLC will be developing Outreach Projects within communities, schools and universities to encourage more diversity and inclusion. Through our membership and collaboration work with the East London Business Alliance - ELBA and our RLC Open Doors events such as the one we did in 2019 with the University of East London we will look to encourage more development in this area.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Observations show that many of our members volunteer their time and energy outside of their daily busy jobs at the Bar to work with charitable organisations. They mainly undertake roles as mentors, sitting as board members and acting as trustees. A high proportion of their roles involve offering legal support and collaboration.

Please see our Social Responsibility page for more information on the charities we support.

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY ANALYSIS 2019

Where Bar Statistics are quoted below these refer to the Bar Council’s Diversity and Equality Report of 2018 

  • Statistics showed that 27% of those who responded were in the 45-54 year category and 22% were 35-44 years, closely followed by 25% from the 25-34year age category
  • 58% were male members with 38% female members
  • 74% of those interviewed were Junior or Senior tenants
  • The responses highlighted that a fifth of our proportion of barristers had taken silk (21%) which compared to 10% at the Bar highlights the senior experience of our membership.
  • 35% of our QCs are female, compared with 8% at the Bar.
  • This year the proportion of female pupils representing our membership is three quarters of our membership, indeed 75% of the membership is female, whereas the Bar has reported 50%.
  • RLC have 2 Deputy district judges, one QC and one non-QC.
  • Almost half of Chambers members (46%) were the first generation in their family to go to University compared to 19.8% reported overall at the Bar.
  • Just under half (47%) of our members come from a UK state school background compared to 39% of members who were educated independently at a fee paying school. A testament that Red Lion Chambers supports those who come to the Bar from the state education sector. Indeed, these figures far exceed those at the Bar where 25.8% have been state educated.
  • Statistics show that Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist faiths are represented in Chambers all be it marginally with the highest number coming from a Christian denomination and 34% with no religion or faith.
  • Although 78% of members are from a British White background, there is also a growing representation from the Indian, Pakistani, Arab, Irish, White and Black Caribbean, Gypsy, mixed race communities with 17% of members coming from a non-white background–above the 13.9% currently represented at the Bar.
  • Chambers has always played a pivotal role in working with charities. Over half of our members (51%) offer support to charitable and legal charity organisations with 34% having worked with organisations for over 5 years and having long standing relationships.
  • 6% identified as with a disability however their activities were not greatly limited due to their disability. This is above the Bar representation of 2.8%.
  • 85% of members identified as heterosexual with 3% gay or other and 12% preferring not to say.
  • 35% of members were in a caring or parental role with up to 23% of members giving up to 19 hours a week to volunteering their time, helping and supporting family members or neighbours.

 

OVERALL COMPARISONS TO THE BAR:

The following statistics are benchmarked against the findings in the Bar Council’s Diversity and Equality Report of 2018.
See here: Bar Council’s Diversity and Equality Report of 2018
RLC Equality and Diversity Statistics 2019 (download)

Area RLC members %     Bar of 2018 %    
1st generation in family to go to University 46 19.8
State School Educated 47 25.8
Independent School Educated 39 33
Female Gender 38 37.4
Female QCs 35 15.8
Female Pupils 75 50
No. of QCs 21 10
Disability 6 2.8