Corporate Social Responsibility
Access to the Legal Profession
Landmark is keen to improve social mobility at, and access to, the legal profession and the Bar.
We are a proud supporter of the Social Mobility Foundation and regularly participate in the Bar Council’s Social Mobility Foundation Bar Placement week. We also provide work experience placements to students and scholars of The Inner Temple’s Pegasus Access and Support Scheme.
In April 2017 Chambers introduced a reimbursement scheme for all mini-pupils, through which successful applicants receive a maximum reimbursement of £100 for reasonable travel and lunch expenses. Additionally, those student visiting from outside of London are offered a portion of our discretionary accommodation budget.
London Living Wage
Chambers is an accredited London Living Wage employer. This means that all employees and contracted staff will be paid at or above a minimum hourly rate which is set annually by the Living Wage foundation and calculated by the Greater London Authority.
We are proud to be one of the first chambers to have signed up to this scheme.
Pro Bono Work
Members of Chambers regularly undertake pro bono work, including via Advocate and the Free Representation Unit. Landmark Chambers was awarded the title of ‘Bronze Circle Pro Bono Patron’ by Advocate in 2018 and 2019.
Recent notable pro bono cases undertaken by our barristers include: (1) appearing in the Court of Appeal for an individual who had been refused leave to remain thus separating him from his daughter (for which a member of Chambers received a Certificate of Recognition from the Bar Pro Bono Unit); and (2) appearing in the Druridge Bay Open Cast Coal Inquiry on behalf of Friends of the Earth, during which the first application for the extraction of fossil fuel was called before the Secretary of State in order to assess the environmental impact(s) of burning coal.
We also act in a number of international pro bono cases, the most recent of which include: (1) Jones v AG Trinidad & Tobago, in which a successful challenge to decriminalise homosexuality was brought against the Government of Trinidad & Tobago in January 2018; and (2) Designing Hong Kong Ltd v Town Planning Board, a case which was heard in the Court of Appeal in April 2018 and involved the application of the law relating to protective costs orders in Hong Kong. The applicant applied for protection against the Hong Kong Government’s costs in order to pursue its judicial review challenge to the decision to change part of the Hong Kong Island Harbourfront from ‘open space’ to ‘military use’.
Further information on pro bono work undertaken by members of Landmark Chambers can be found on individual members’ CVs.
Either as a collective or individually, Landmark’s members, pupil barristers and staff support a number of charitable organisations of all sizes; through volunteering their time, fundraising or simply making a donation.
We use our annual charitable budget to support thoseorganisations who: (1) focus on the provision of access to justice; and/or (2) undertake legal or charitable work in one or more of Chambers’ multi-disciplinary areas of practice. Recent recipients include the Bar Pro Bono Unit, Harrow Law Centre, the Personal Support Unit, The Barristers’ Benevolent Association, the International Law Book Facility and the Environmental Law Foundation.
Please contact our HR and Administration Manager, Natasha White-Foy, to find out how your organisation can take advantage of Landmark Chambers’ annual charitable budget.