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We are continuing to use the Rare Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) for our mini-pupillage and pupillage recruitment processes this year. This was incorporated into our recruitment process for the first time in the last mini-pupillage recruitment round.

We understand that not every candidate’s achievements look the same on paper – and we want to recruit the best people, from every background. For this reason, we would like to share the following data with Rare: your unique identification number, your name, email address, postcode, examination grades, education history, the information you provide in the section titled "contextual information" and the fact that you have applied to Blackstone Chambers. We share this information so that your application can be reviewed in the context of your socio-economic background (e.g. so we can consider whether you overachieved in light of your wider personal circumstances) and to enable Blackstone Chambers to pursue legitimate interests of fair recruitment (Article 6(1)(e) GDPR).  We will not share any other information with Rare, and for clarity, phone number, postal address (other than post code), and date of birth are not shared. Blackstone Chambers will be the data controller in respect of the use of this personal data. We will not share information with Rare unless you have opted for the data to be shared pursuant to the two questions which will seek consent from you.

Rare would like to use the data disclosed above (stripped of all identifiers) in an anonymised and aggregate format for statistical analysis and research on the social mobility status of students in the UK, including preparing reports on its findings. Rare will be the data controller in respect of the use of this personal data.

This data collected (stripped of all identifiers as above) may be held for up to 10 years under the terms of Rare’s data privacy policy.

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