Making diversity part of the DNA

As a trusted window into the legal profession, Chambers and Partners understood that its position afforded it a unique opportunity to encourage positive change in the sector. As such, the firm has leant heavily into D&I both inside the business and within their research.

Chambers and Partners is an independent rankings, research and analytics company operating across 200 jurisdictions to deliver detailed insight into the world’s leading lawyers.

Chambers officially launched their D&I programme in 2012 with the ‘Women in Law’ initiative, consisting of external awards, seminars and articles to highlight leading women in the legal profession. In 2015, the business expanded this successful programme to include all other demographic denominations.

In 2019, Chambers began integrating D&I into their research. They incorporated D&I questions into their surveys and made a significant push to include more diversity in their listings. They began tracking metrics across firms on how their diversity was changing year-on-year, reporting on macro trends and encouraging further progress.

Alongside its efforts to drive advancement in the sector, Chambers also set about building a best-in-class internal D&I programme. In 2020, they established the INSPIRE committee focusing on D&I and responsible business practices across the firm. INSPIRE is now driving the D&I programme; updating policies and implementing new ones, such as the Personal Disclosure Policy and Transitioning at Work Policy; and conducts internal training initiatives and panel events with external speakers.

In 2023, Chambers became a certified Disability Confident Level 3 ‘Leader’ in just three years from first application, demonstrating high levels of commitment from across the business to build the required processes and structures.

The business has since found that their genuine desire to run an equitable business that promotes inclusivity among all its stakeholders is also now allowing them to attract the top talent. Newer cohorts are demanding much more of firms in terms of the way they run their business, and Chambers can show its commitment through demonstrable actions.


employees from ethnic minority backgrounds, up from 19% in 2019


employees are female