Corporate Social Responsibility & Wellbeing
Corporate Social Responsibility
Henderson Chambers undertake many CSR initiatives.
Silks and juniors continue to review numerous cases on a pro bono basis, devoting substantial amounts of time to work for clients ensuring legal representation in High Court hearings and many other cases for those most in need but without the ability to pay for representation.
Other schemes that our members have and continue to volunteer for include work for the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Chancery Litigants in Person Scheme (CLIPS) in the RCJ.
Outside of the legal arena, both members and staff are personally engaged and work hard to contribute to a variety of CSR initiatives across a diverse range of activities and sectors, including voluntary and fundraising work for a number of charities, schools, sports and community clubs. Positions including charity trustee, sitting on housing society board, school governor and sports coaching for children.
Friendship and mutual support are at the heart of Henderson Chambers’ ethos. Members value above all the camaraderie that has existed for many years. It is with these factors in mind that Chambers has developed several formal and informal policies and schemes with the specific aim of supporting staff, pupils and members through any difficulties that they may face in their professional life. In recent years, Chambers has focussed on what it can do to preserve and enhance the supportive environment which is so valued. This has led to many discussions about the importance of wellbeing and to the formal polices, practices and schemes that are currently in place.
Henderson Chambers are delighted to have been one of the first chambers to be awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the Bar Council on 4 November 2017, for the work of chambers to promote wellbeing across the Bar. The Henderson Chambers case study is published here on the Wellbeing at the Bar website.
‘Henderson Chambers deserves recognition for its focus on pupil and new tenant wellbeing (including financial support and investing in mentoring) and its general approach to members’ wellbeing, including the provision of counselling and flexible work arrangements/return to work support. We particularly like its ethos – that members look out for each other’.