Harassment policy 2017

The news these days is producing a constant stream of stories of inappropriate behaviour and language and sexual harassment. Of particular concern to any responsible institution are the instances which indicate improper ingrained attitudes and abuses of power. At the other end of the scale there may be inadvertently inappropriate behaviour or remarks that can be more easily resolved.

The Inn is carefully considering whether, and if so how, our existing policies and processes should be strengthened.

Meanwhile, we recognise that some people may feel uncomfortable about raising concerns about such matters. Members are able to discuss any concerns they may have in complete confidence. We value our members and want them to feel comfortable and respected as members of the Inn’s professional community. If things are not going well, we need to know.

Should members need to raise any concerns please do contact any of the following:

They can help members to decide whether any action is appropriate, or just provide a sympathetic hearing and helpful advice on a confidential basis.

All members of Middle Temple are expected to treat all those (whether members of staff or otherwise) involved or taking part in or delivering Middle Temple activities, facilities, services or events, with respect and dignity and not to subject them to harassment.

In this policy harassment means sexual harassment, harassment related to the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation and harassment by unfavourable treatment because of rejecting, or submitting to, unwanted conduct.

Please see a copy of our harassment policy by clicking here, or by downloading the document on the right-hand side.

Useful links:

The Equality Act 2010 : Our policy refers to it in the following terms: Harassment has the same meaning as in s.26 of the Equality Act 2010 and these protected characteristics have the same meanings as in ss.5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the Equality Act 2010 (and the meanings of harassment or these protected characteristics in any successor, amending or consolidating legislation).

Wellbeing at the Bar

Advice on the Bar Council website