Diversity within our membership
While there is undoubtedly more work to do, we are proud of some of the strides that we have made as a Chambers towards improving diversity and inclusion within the membership of our Chambers.
Our membership is particularly diverse within the context of the Commercial and Chancery Bars, and we are committed to further improving representation in our membership. In this respect,
- We currently have 13 practising female barristers (2 silks, 11 juniors) and are committed to recruiting more. 9 of our female barristers are working mums.
- We also have barristers of numerous different heritages, including English, Indian, Chinese, Nigerian, Chechen, Ghanian, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh. We have barristers of wide-ranging ethnic origins in our membership, including Black, Mixed (White and Black), Asian (Indian), Asian (Chinese), Mixed (White and Asian), Jewish and White.
- Some of our members were the first in their family to attend university, and several of our membership attended state schools all across the country, including non-selective state schools.
- Several of our members identify as LGBT+.
All of our barristers, including those from non-traditional backgrounds, have very successful practices with most of them being ranked in multiple areas in the current editions of the legal directories for UK Bar, Asia Pacific, and Global practitioners, including as leading practitioners in all our major fields within Quadrant’s practice, including aviation, banking, commercial, commodities, energy, fraud, insolvency, insurance, international arbitration, shipping and travel.
We are also proud to have recently appointed Poonam Melwani KC as our Head of Chambers, making her the only female head of chambers of an Indian background of a set of Chambers within the Commercial and Chancery Bar.
Our members generally practice in an area of the Bar where most of the clients and parties to disputes are drawn from a wide range of countries and cultures. As a result, our members are very aware of the need to invest the time required to understand the impact of cultural factors and nuances on their interactions with their clients and the witnesses, as well as in considering how best to put their respective clients’ cases and analysing how the opponents put their case.