Quality Policy Statement
This Quality Policy and the controls defined in Chambers Quality Manual have been developed to ensure that Chambers fulfils the following objectives in its aim to provide the highest levels of service to its clients:
To provide a professional, approachable and competitive service in our specialist areas of common law - Employment, Personal Injury, Clinical Law, Product Liability, Environmental and Health & Safety - ensuring prompt and practical legal advice and representation as a priority;
To provide an effective clerking service with whom our professional clients can deal on terms of familiarity and trust;
To utilise information technology to its full potential in order to maximise efficiency and client care;
To resolve client concerns as speedily as possible and to develop services in response to feedback received;
To recruit capable, helpful and courteous staff and invest in their development and training;
To ensure that our premises and facilities are safe, accessible and comfortable for all personnel and visitors;
To provide an effective training programme for pupils;
To comply with and promote the Bar Council's Code for Equality & Diversity;
To provide strategic direction and to develop Chambers to its full potential;
To ensure that responsibility, authority and the decision making structure within Chambers are clear.
We are committed to a policy of assuring the quality of our service to all clients. In the accomplishment of this aim, our objective is to provide an efficient and professional service, carried out to controlled practices and to standards that are consistently maintained. This is ensured through the implementation and maintenance of clear policies and procedures that are adhered to by all members and staff. We have set service standards in respect of those aspects impacting directly upon our clients and measure our compliance at regular intervals to ensure such standards are maintained or improved upon.
Old Square Chambers work to and will continue to meet with the requirements of the Legal Services Commission's "Quality Mark for the Bar" (thereby achieving the 'Quality Mark' award). Although everyone within Chambers contributes towards the implementation, improvement and success of our Quality Management System, our Board of Management and Executive Committee has responsibility for ensuring that standards are adhered to by the members and staff.
We believe sustained quality and excellence is achieved only by continuous improvement and shall strive to improve the service to our clients by means of structured reviews of our Quality Management System. Our Board of Management and Executive Committee meetings provide a regular forum for the monitoring of standards and achievements, reviewing feedback and problems encountered and reviewing the effectiveness of corrective action taken. The regular review of our quality management system at the strategic level and canvassing of client views ensures that our service and policies are always focused on client needs.
We attach great importance to the contribution which all barristers and employees make to the quality of service provided and to the continuous improvement philosophy. Our committee and meeting structures encourage a policy of open communication and involvement to generate an innovative environment and to capitalise on useful ideas.
This policy has been issued to all barristers, pupils and staff and is available to clients on request.
Approved at a Chambers Meeting on 21 July 2003.
Equal Opportunities Policy
We are committed to equal opportunities and have been trained in and adopted recruitment methods designed to prevent any discrimination on grounds of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or other status. Our premises in both London and Bristol are accessible for disabled users. By its constitution, Chambers has adopted the Bar Equality and Diversity Code. The importance it attaches to this subject is reflected in the fact that the Code forms part of Chambers' objects in its Constitution.
Where possible, Old Square Chambers has made every effort to adhere to W3C
guidelines with regard to the accessibility of this site.