Our ethos pivots on our commitment to the promotion of human rights and civil liberties through the law. Social responsibility is at the heart of this, and we support like minded people working to effect positive social change.
Our commitment to the community and wider society means that at any one time Members are either taking part individually or as a group in various social initiatives. Listed below are examples of just some of these initiatives.
Pro Bono and Volunteering
Members of Chambers are actively involved in the diverse communities within which they live, taking an active role in society. Members are encouraged to use their professional legal knowledge to benefit those who are disadvantaged, under-privileged or lack access to justice. Many of our barristers provide pro bono advice to those who cannot afford legal representation and volunteer their free time to legal advice drop-in centres.
Either as a collective or individually, Members of Chambers and staff support a number of charitable organisations of all sizes, through volunteering their time, fundraising or simply making a donation. Doughty Street Chambers awards up to 1% of its annual profits to charities or organisations that reflect the ethos and values of our Chambers. We identify three supported causes each year who benefit from a large grant for a period of three years. In addition, we make a series of smaller grants and also have a budget for emergency funding of urgent campaigns or activities which seek to protect human rights or civil liberties.
The Donations Committee are excited to share the organisations that will be receiving a donation from DSC in 2020.
They are as follows:
Supported Causes for November 2018- June 2021 will be made to: Koestler Arts, Kalisher Trust, Room to Heal and Volunteer Centre Hackney.
Small Donation to: Winston's Wish, Each Other, Urban Synergy, Travellers Advice Line, Law Centre Network, Outside Project, Themis- Women Barristers Association, StopWatch, Good Chance Theatre, and Black Lives Matter UK.
Extraordinary Funding to: Access to Justice Foundation.
Chambers also annually fields a team of walkers, joggers and runners for the London Legal Walk, fundraising for law centres and legal advice agencies providing people from disadvantaged backgrounds with access to justice regardless of their financial situation.
Doughty Street Chambers is committed to protecting and enhancing the environment and as such we focus our resources where it is practical to conserving energy and protecting the environment, thereby reducing Chambers’ carbon footprint.
So far as it is reasonably practicable, Chambers’ operations are carried out with a commitment to having a positive social and environmental impact. This is supported by all members of Chambers and the workforce. In implementing this commitment to manage our environmental impact properly we will:
- Fully comply with environmental regulations, such as the WEEE 2006 directive.
- Ensure that environmental considerations are integrated into our business decisions.
- Ensure that we use risk assessments in order to identify potential environmental risks to our businesses.
- Actively pursue opportunities to minimise the environmental impact of our operations, concentrating particularly on the use of energy and waste disposal.
- Attempt to develop a wider understanding of environmental issues among our suppliers, tenants and workforce.
- Regularly review our policies to ensure that they remain properly aligned to the need to reduce waste and encourage the most effective utilisation of scarce resources.
- Continually review our business processes with a view towards neutralising and reducing our environmental impact, adopting a practice of sustainability.
- Actively encourage recycling in the workplace and as such work with ISO 14001 accredited suppliers that offer green business solutions and a comprehensive recycling service, enabling us to purchase environmentally friendly and sustainable products.
The Green Team are a welcoming collective of members and staff motivated to act on the climate and ecological emergencies. Our primary aim is to get our own house in order, by helping Chambers go green. We’re doing this by getting to grips with Chambers environmental impact and then taking steps to make it better. But we’re also a place to exchange ideas for how we can use our professional skills to make Doughty Street a leader on green issues and work.