Pro Bono Work (Free)
Members of chambers are always prepared to provide free legal advice in appropriate circumstances. They regularly assist clients, who cannot obtain public funding and cannot afford to pay for legal services, through charities such as those below. Every year Outer Temple Chambers members and staff take part in the London Legal Walk to raise funds for the Legal Support Trust, which distributes monies to the Bar Pro Bono Unit, the Free Representation Unit and other legal law charities to provide support to the poorest and most vulnerable people who need legal assistance.
Social Mobility & Work Experience
We are pleased to take students through the joint initiative organised through the Social Mobility Foundation and the Bar Council. This initiative is designed to provide bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the opportunity to get an insight into a career at the Bar.
The Spinal Injuries Association
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) provides support for people with spinal cord injury and their families. The services that SIA provides encourage paralysed individuals to reach their full potential and lead full, independent lives. Outer Temple Chambers has had a long association with the SIA, raising awareness of, and money for, their work.
The Refugee Council is a charity providing advice and practical support to people who have fled persecution and violence. It helps many vulnerable people to gain access to legal services. The Council also campaigns against unfair policies and works to ensure that the rights enshrined in national and international law are not eroded. Outer Temple Chambers is proud to work with the Refugee Council by providing work experience and in helping to raise awareness of their work.
Headway, East London
Headway, East London, is a charity supporting people affected by brain injury. In 2013 Outer Temple Chambers hosted a Headway art exhibition – ‘New Life’ and we are now the proud owners of a six-foot giraffe, a collaboratively built sculpture from the Headway art studio, and a commissioned painting of legal London.
Disability Confident Committed
Chambers is a Disability Confident Committed employer. As users of the disability confident scheme, we encourage applicants with a disability to apply to us for advertised vacancies and we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. The Disability Confident scheme is operated by the Department of Work and Pensions of the UK government.
Living Wage Employer
Outer Temple Chambers is a Living Wage employer. We ensure that all employees are paid at least the Living Wage. This includes people who work on a regular basis at our premises for a subcontractor.
Outer Temple is a signatory to the Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health. The Charter is a voluntary agreement, not an accreditation or set of quality standards. Further details about the Mindful Employer Charter can be viewed here.