“Ely Place Chambers is ‘an excellent set’ with expertise across the board in civil law, and notable experience in employment, media, property and public law.”
Legal 500 2015
Chambers believes in equal opportunities and applications for pupillage, tenancy, and employment are considered on merit in the light of objective recruitment criteria. Applications for pupillage, including mini-pupillage and third six, are considered in accordance with the Bar Council’s guidance on Fair Recruitment and Ethics.
In addition, each year, Chambers reserves:
- one mini-pupillage place for applicants through the PASS (Pegasus Access and Support Scheme’) which is designed to support aspiring barristers from non-traditional backgrounds who are yet to start the BPTC;
- one mini-pupillage place for the finalists of the Big Voice London mooting competition; Big Voice London promotes social mobility.
Access to the Bar, access to justice
Both individually and as a Chambers we are aware of the privileges we have and of the difficulties that others may face both in accessing justice and in gaining access to our profession. Members of Chambers are active in the pro bono sector both by way of taking on cases without pay and by way of volunteering at legal advice centres and in working with other bodies to increase social mobility. By way of example, members of Chambers have recently been involved with:
- setting up the Bar Council’s ‘Speaker for Schools’ (now ‘Barristers in Schools’) scheme;
- acting pro bono for Olympic and Paralympic Coaches in relation to allegations of safeguarding violations;
- providing free legal advice through the Mary Ward Legal Advice Centre;
- providing free legal advice through the Islington Legal Advice Centre;
- the Inner Temple student mentoring scheme;the Employment Tribunal Litigant in Person Support Scheme (ELiPS):
- the Employment Law Appeal Advice Scheme;
- the Chancery Litigant in Person scheme (CLiPS) at the High Court;
- the International Senior Lawyers’ Project, which provides pro bono legal assistance to governments and civil society organizations in developing countries.
In addition, staff and members of Chambers have been regular participants in the London Legal Walk, raising money to support access to justice.
Chambers introduced a recycling scheme in 2017 to recycle non-confidential paper, glass tin cans, cardboard USB sticks and batteries and has been awarded Gold Star status by its recycling provider for its success in achieving a high proportion of recycling.
In 2018, Chambers carried out a chambers-wide computer recycling event (ensuring that hard drives were destroyed in line with GDPR obligations).
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