In line with our core values, Matrix invests a great deal of time and effort into the realisation of equal opportunities at work and at the Bar. Matrix is a committed advocate of equality in all aspects. Below are just some of the projects we have been involved in to contribute to the progression and diversity of the Bar. If you would like to know more or have an idea for collaborating with us, your first point of contact in this area is our Equality and Inclusion Manager, Alice Brighouse.
We are an equal opportunities employer. If you are interested in access and recruitment to the profession, including our work experience programme, contact Lindsay Clarke or visit our Recruitment page.
Diversity Data Publication
The Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct states that a summary of the Diversity Data submitted by the Members of the Workforce be published on chambers’ website by 31 December 2012 and thereafter every three years. The summary for our 2022 data, in accordance with these rules, can be found here (Matrix Diversity Data 2022) and below.
Mind Workplace Wellbeing Programme
We are proud to be one of the first legal organisations to sign up to the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index to benchmark what we do to promote mental health support and wellbeing at Matrix. In 2021 Matrix was awarded Gold in the Index, the award demonstrates that we have successfully embedded mental health into our policies and practices, utilised a variety of best practice approaches and demonstrated a long-term, in-depth commitment to staff mental health.
Matrix is committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment where everyone is able to be themselves. The Bar overall has come a long way and is now, for the most part, an inclusive and exciting environment for LGBT+ people, as illustrated by FreeBar’s recently launched Visibility Project, which celebrates LGBT+ diversity at the Bar. At Matrix, we have an internal LGBT+ network, we are one of the few barristers’ chambers who are Stonewall LGBT+ Diversity Champions, and we are a founding member of FreeBar.
FreeBar is a network for everyone at the Bar who believes in equality for LGBT+ individuals and for all those who work at the Bar – whether you are a member, trainee, member of staff, member of the judiciary, or a person who works with members of the Bar. If you would like more information, please email email@example.com.
Matrix is also a signatory to the FreeBar Charter. You can view our commitment here, and our Progress Reports below:
At Matrix, we are keen to support entry into the profession for aspiring barristers with neurodivergent conditions and to foster a more neurodiverse and accepting environment at the Bar.
We are proud to be the first signatory to the Babington Charter and a Champion of the organisation Neurodiversity in Law, whose purpose is to promote and support neurodiversity within the legal professions, and eliminate the stigma often associated with people who think differently.
Disability and accessibility at Matrix
As part of our commitment to inclusion and accessibility for disabled people, we are signed up to the Disability Confident scheme (see more information on the gov.uk website here) and we take part in Bringing (Dis)Ability to the Bar’s mini-pupillage scheme.
Matrix’s premises are compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act and we are very willing to make any reasonable adjustments you may need when visiting us. Please see more information about reasonable adjustments here.
Matrix is committed to being an anti-racist organisation. We believe that means not merely refraining from acting in a racially discriminatory way, but taking proactive steps to confront and remedy the effects of existing and systemic racism in all its forms within our organisation and in our work. You can read more about our multi-year programme of work on ethnic diversity and inclusion in our anti-racist statement here.
Matrix has a Race Working Group made up of members and staff, which is taking active steps to improve racial diversity and inclusion both within Matrix and at the Bar in general. We also have a Race Equality Network, which is designed to be a dedicated space for our Black, Asian and minority ethnic members, trainees and staff to share their experiences and discuss relevant issues.
We are also working closely with other organisations on improving access to the profession for people from minority ethnic groups and other groups underrepresented at the Bar. Matrix is a supporter of the Charter for Black Talent in Finance and the Professions, and is participating in both the 10,000 Black Interns scheme (which is aiming to create a sustainable cycle of mentorship and sponsorship for the Black community by providing paid training and development opportunities) and the Bridging the Bar initiative (which is aiming to improve equality of access to mini-pupillages).
Promoting gender equality
Matrix is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women both in the workplace, and specifically at the Bar. We regularly host events that tackle issues facing women across different backgrounds and across the world. If you are interested in signing up, please click here to sign up to our mailing list. Matrix has an internal women’s network for both members and staff to discuss gender issues. Our members have also commented on gender issues facing the Bar and the judiciary in the media.