Fountain Court Chambers takes seriously its responsibility and obligations for promoting diversity amongst its members and staff. As part of its commitment to diversity, Fountain Court wishes to play a full part in improving the representation and experience of women at the Bar.
Chambers is proud of its initiatives and policies to support its female members and staff, including a long standing generous parental leave policy and flexible working policy, complemented by a clerking structure which helps to ensure that members’ practices are tailored to their professional and/or personal requirements.
Chambers strives to promote gender diversity in all parts of its organisation, as demonstrated by the fact that four of its senior staff (Head of Administration Julie Parker, Deputy Senior Clerks Katie Szewczyk and Sian Huckett and Head of Marketing and Business Development Helen Griffiths) are women, and four of the QC appointments since 2019 have been female. In addition, Chambers Practice Manager (Asia) based in Singapore is female (Caroline McConnon).
Equality and diversity issues are overseen by our Equality and Diversity Officers, Tamara Oppenheimer QC and David Murray supported by the Equality and Diversity Committee in which our Head of Administration and Deputy Senior Clerk participate. Significant equality and diversity initiatives, including this Pledge, are considered, and approved by Chambers’ Management Committee.
As part of its participation in the Women in Law Pledge Fountain Court has set the following targets, and will report to the Bar Council on its progress in meeting these.
Members’ practice issues
To continue monitoring allocation of work opportunities to ensure fair distribution of work in accordance with Chambers’ existing policies;
Chambers management and staff
Work place culture/training
E&D committee to review these targets annually.