SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

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.

Charitable Activities

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.  We also have a Charitable Giving Policy which sets aside a proportion of the annual income of Chambers to be awarded in large and small grants.  We identify three supported causes each year who benefit from a large grant, and indeed we have supported some causes over several 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.

Chambers annually fields a team of walkers, joggers and runners for the London Legal Walk, fundraising for law centres and legal advice agencies providing vulnerable people with access to justice regardless of their financial situation.

Chambers also supports the Kalisher Trust, which has a long association with members. The Trust was set up to provide scholarships and bursaries as well as mentoring and training to talented students otherwise unable to join the Criminal Bar due to financial constraints

Education

We realise the importance of investing in the future of the Bar and encouraging equality and diversity. As such we have a work experience programme which enables Year 10 and 11 students from diverse backgrounds to experience what a career in the Bar would entail. We offer placements of one week between June and July each year; please click here for more information. 

We also operate a mini-pupillage programme in conjunction with the Inns of Court which seeks to encourage applications from those who would not otherwise consider a career at the Bar.  Please click here to read more about this programme.

Sustainability

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.