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Harassment Policy

Published 4th January 2021 V.1.2021

This policy covers all those who work and engage with Clerksroom. We are committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals, clients and the public are treated with dignity and respect. Clerksroom is determined to promote a work environment in which everyone is treated equally and with dignity and can flourish.

Harassment in any form will not be tolerated at Clerksroom. Harassment includes any unwanted conduct related to sex, race, disability, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. Such behaviour may take many forms including conduct which:

The following are examples of types of behaviour which may amount to harassment:

Harassment is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010. In addition to the above unwanted conduct, it can arise where a person engages in any kind of unwanted sexual behaviour (or gender reassignment or sex-related behaviour).

Complaints of harassment may be raised informally in the first instance with Clerksroom Equality and Diversity Officer or the Head of Chambers who will agree an appropriate response. A formal complaint should be made under the Clerksroom grievance procedure.

Harassment is misconduct for employees or a breach of the Bar Code of Conduct for barristers. Allegations of harassment will be dealt with under the Clerksroom disciplinary procedure.

Clerksroom is committed to ensuring that no one who makes an allegation of harassment in good faith should be subjected to any detriment as a result. Any victimisation of a complainant, witness or anyone else involved in the investigation of a complaint will be viewed as a disciplinary matter.

A copy of this policy is provided to all those who work and engage with Clerksroom and is available both on our website and the online Clerksroom Operating Manual located within myclerksroom.

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