equality and diversity

Committed to equal opportunities


Oriel Chambers is committed to the implementation and promotion of equal opportunities and ensuring an absence of direct or indirect discrimination on grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religious belief, political persuasion or age.

We aim to treat everyone with respect and sensitivity. If any person wishes to seek specific support in relation to interactions with our Chambers, please contact our Chambers’ Director so that we can assist.

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Bar Council Equality Code

Oriel Chambers adheres to the Bar Council Equality rules.

Equality and Diversity Statement / Policy

Oriel Chambers has a comprehensive Equality and Diversity Policy.

As a Chambers we are continually learning and striving for a better future. Our policies are living documents which are subject to regular review.  

Diversity Data Report

The Bar Standards Board requires Chambers to publish anonymised diversity data for our barristers and staff every three years. A copy of our 2021 diversity data can be found here.


Equality and Diversity Committee

We have a dedicated Equality and Diversity Committee to assist in shaping and enforcing policies and practices. Our committee currently consists of 8 Equality and Diversity Officers:



Members of the Equality & Diversity Committee have completed Equality and Diversity training. Those involved in recruitment undertake further training [annually/at the start of their role and then as and when required].

This training includes:  

  • Fair and effective selection & avoiding unconscious bias
  • Attraction and advertising
  • Application processes
  • Shortlisting skills
  • Interviewing skills
  • Assessment and making a selection decision
  • Monitoring and evaluation



We are an equal opportunities employer in our approach to pupillage, tenancy and recruitment.  We keep in mind the Bar Council’s Fair Recruitment Guide



Oriel Chambers is a Grade 1 Listed Building located on Water Street, Liverpool. The building, a work by Peter Ellis, was built in 1864 and comprises 43,000 sq.ft set over 5-floors.


The building, and 16 Cook Street, featured in the ITV (Granada / Tyne Tees) television programme Grundy’s Northern Pride, looking at John Grundy’s favourite buildings in the north of England, which aired on 9 January 2007.

John Gray ‘ has a persuasive, charismatic style in the courtroom. Judges respect him.’

John Gray - Legal 500

John Gray ‘ has a persuasive, charismatic style in the courtroom. Judges respect him.’

John Gray - Legal 500

Paul Brant is “Extremely adaptable and client-friendly". "He has particular expertise in financial litigation matters" and "experienced across a breadth of commercial matters. ”

Paul Brant - Legal 500

Richard Bradley is Extremely approachable, accessible and well prepared” "Forceful, knowledgeable and well-respected" - "Extremely approachable, accessible and well prepared" - "Technically very able"

Richard Bradley - Legal 500

Peter Cowan is an extremely established disease practitioner. He is a sensible negotiator who is well prepared in court and in demand in the market.” “Very thorough and experienced.”

Peter Cowan - Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020

"Expertise in a range of matrimonial finance matters. She is also recognised for her expertise in TOLATA cases".

Kate Huyton - Legal 500

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