EQUALITY & DIVERSITY STATEMENT
Costs Lawyer Standards Board
Dated: 26 April 2019
The CLSB considers equality to mean removing barriers, eliminating discrimination and ensuring equal opportunities and access for all.
The CLSB considers diversity to mean celebrating difference and valuing everyone equally. Each person is an individual with visible and non-visible differences and by respecting this everyone can feel valued for their contributions which is beneficial not only for the individual but for CLSB too.
The CLSB acknowledges that equality and diversity are not inter-changeable but inter-dependent. There can be no equality of opportunity if difference is not valued and harnessed.
The Equality Act 2010
In keeping with the Equality Act 2010, the CLSB is dedicated to creating a working and regulatory culture in which diversity is recognised and valued; equality of opportunity is promoted actively; and in which unlawful discrimination, victimisation and harassment are not tolerated.
As a regulator
In exercising its regulatory function, the CLSB will seek to ensure that no individual or group with a protected characteristic, is discriminated against because of that characteristic.
As an employer
As an employer, the CLSB will seek to ensure that no applicant, employee or group with a protected characteristic, is discriminated against in recruitment, appointment, appointment terms and conditions, promotion, training and benefits opportunities because of that characteristic.
CLSB policy and guidance to the profession on equality & diversity will be updated as legislative and regulatory requirements are revised, in light of lessons learned and in view of any good practice identified.