About Us

Equality and Diversity

Temple Garden Chambers is committed to promoting equality and diversity within Chambers and at the Bar. We take a proactive approach going beyond our obligations under the Equality and Diversity Rules of the BSB Handbook.

EXAMPLES OF ACTION TAKEN TO DATE

We have put in place the following policies:

  • Equality and Diversity Policy.
  • Anti-harassment Policy.
  • Parental Leave Policy. Our Policy is more generous than the BSB guidelines, which state that where any element of rent is paid on a flat rate basis chambers should provide a minimum of 6 months free – we allow 12 months.
  • Flexible Working Policy to ensure that members can manage family responsibilities, any long-term illness or disability.
  • Reasonable Adjustments Policy.

We have an Equality and Diversity Action Plan, which is regularly reviewed and updated by the Equality and Diversity Committee.

In relation to pupillage applications:

  • All candidates are assessed using objective and fair criteria.
  • Everyone involved in the selection process (i.e. both sifters and interview panel members) is trained in fair recruitment and selection processes.
  • We use blind recruitment at the sifting stage: names are replaced with numbers and sifters do not know any of the personal information that would identify gender, age, ethnicity, location etc. Sifters also attend a coordination meeting to ensure that our fair recruitment criteria are being objectively applied. The sift is then moderated to ensure consistency and fairness.
  • For further information, see the Join Us section of this website.

We foster an open, friendly and supportive environment both during pupillage and beyond. Specifically, we have a designated ‘Pupil Contact’ – this is a member of Chambers who acts as a support mechanism for pupils and, through whom, they can raise any issues or concerns in confidence.

We collect and review diversity data and monitor the allocation of unassigned work. View our diversity data here.

We have established a Rent Review Committee. Its remit includes considering any equality and diversity implications of Chambers’ rent policy and proposing appropriate remedial action.

We believe that the profession should be representative of society as a whole. We are committed to improving access to the Bar for those from non-traditional backgrounds and increasing the representation of under-represented groups.  In 2019, we partnered with the Social Mobility Foundation to provide mini-pupillages to high-achieving students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our Equality and Diversity Officer is Andrew O’Connor QC. Our Diversity Data Officer is Paul McGrath.


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Coronavirus Update

TGC continues proactively to safeguard against the risks posed by the spread of Coronavirus. We have a Covid-19 Committee who continue to monitor the situation and follow advice issued by the Government and Public Health England. We will be updating this page as and when new information becomes available. As of 6 July 2020, our London premises, 1 Harcourt Buildings, will be operating with a reduced clerking team in attendance. The remaining staff members and barristers will continue working remotely. We wish to reassure everyone that our contingency plans enable us to continue to provide our services.

Telephoning us

When calling our switchboard number, it will be diverted to a member of the clerking team who will be able to assist in the usual way. All direct dials in Chambers are diverted to be answered remotely.

Emailing us & Sending Instructions

Please send all instructions via email directly to clerks@tgchambers.com. We would be grateful if this could be sent in an orderly fashion to enable working from a screen manageable. We are able to receive hard copy instructions via DX or Post, if necessary. However, we have a preference for electronic documents wherever possible.

Please continue to communicate with barristers directly via phone or email.

Conferences, Joint Settlement Meetings & Mediations

Conferences, meetings and mediations will take place remotely, either by telephone or video until further notice. Group Telephone calls and video calls can be easily arranged. If an in-person meeting is felt necessary please see our Covid-19 Information page for full criteria.

Court Hearings

We are following the Government’s advice closely, which is changing daily. In keeping with that advice, we will continue to service hearings remotely, where possible and as instructed by the hosting Court. In-Person hearings will be accommodated by members of TGC. We will continue to monitor this situation.

Making a payment

If you do not already pay us by BACS, going forward please make arrangements to do so. Please contact the clerks who can supply you with the relevant BACS details.

If you wish to discuss our policy and procedure relating to coronavirus, please do not hesitate to contact our senior clerk Dean Norton on 07535 753098 or dnorton@tgchambers.com.

To learn more visit our Covid-19 Information page.