Kevin Hooper

I started working in a set of chambers 24 years ago when LGBTQ+ was nothing more than an unfortunate tile selection in Scrabble. One of the main reasons for choosing to work at my first set of chambers was because they had an equal opportunities policy. This was a rare thing 24 years ago and I thought that it was a good sign that they would be inclusive; they were. Thankfully, things have moved on and today, with the help of the BSB, equal opportunities policies are common place, as well as regular monitoring of barrister and employee diversity in the workplace. Groups such as Freebar and BLAGG have all done a fantastic job of promoting LGBTQ+ inclusivity. All of these things have made a real difference and the future of working at the Bar looks pink!