Chambers Social Responsibility (CSR)

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an approach to business that promotes ethical practices and socially responsible behaviour, and contributes to sustainable development. The way it is understood and the way it is implemented differs according to the relevant industry or profession and the individual company or organisation. At the Bar, we use the term 'Chambers Social Responsibility' (which, happily, has the same acronym as the term most often used by our clients).

CSR, in our profession, includes topics such as:
  • pro bono work;
  • wellbeing initiatives;
  • social justice;
  • promotion of human rights; and
  • environmental responsibility.
The Bar Council has started a CSR network with the purpose and remit:
  • to exchange information and advice;
  • to broker partnerships on activity that requires scale to generate impact;
  • to help the Bar Council devise appropriate Bar based CSR programmes/ideas; and
  • to sponsor a Bar Council award for Bar based CSR Scheme of the Year.

The Network is proposed to meet twice a year (potentially hosted by an Inn of Court – with an opportunity for the host Inn to showcase their own CSR activity). The first meeting of the Network will be on 22nd January in Middle Temple. Details to be followed.

If you would like to be part of the Network, please email 

Chambers Social Responsibility Guide

See the purpose of social responsibility and how it applies to chambers.

CSR infographic

See the basic information on CSR