2 Hare Court is committed to being an anti-racist organisation. This means not just refraining from acting in a racially discriminatory way, but taking positive steps to confront and remedy the effects of existing and systemic racism in all its forms as we encounter it and as it exists within the systems and industries that we work in.
A key part of that commitment is to create a work environment in which members, trainees, staff and clients from all backgrounds can live and work free from prejudice, discrimination, and marginalisation.
We work to address discrimination in our professional lives but acknowledge that our everyday lifestyle choices and priorities are no less important. We pledge to confront racism in our society and in our own lives; we make this pledge to do what we can because we must.
We recognise that the points that are made in Barbara Mills QC’s and Simon Regis’ report have long been made by those seeking to improve the Bar. We understand that the efforts that have been made at the Bar have not yielded sufficient results and we must commit to more meaningful action in order to make effective change.
As a result, this year 2 Hare Court continues a programme of work that reflects our commitment to be a truly anti-racist organisation in the future. This includes:
2 Hare Court is dedicated to achieving meaningful and sustainable change and we will continue to develop our anti-racist practice by reviewing and reflecting on its progress on an ongoing basis.
We make this statement to share our intention and to hold ourselves accountable. It is reasonable for victims of racism to take the view that well-meaning words and good intentions are not enough. Organisations that claim to be anti-racist should expect to be judged not just on their stated aims but by their results.