Diversity & Equal OpportunitiesTuesday, 4 August 2015
We need to build professional teams from the best lawyers we can recruit and, in doing so, are committed to sourcing talent from the widest possible pool of people.
We are convinced, as a matter of plain common sense, that treating individuals equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect regardless of disability, age, gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religious belief or sexual orientation is more than an issue of compliance with anti-discrimination legislation. A diverse work force enhances the service we provide to our clients and results in a more stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.
Our commitment to diversity starts with the Managing Partner and Senior Partner who are both members of our diversity committee. Siân Keall is the partner responsible for promoting diversity and inclusion.
We are founding signatories of the Law Society´s Diversity and Inclusion Charter and are, amongst other things, developing good diversity practice by collecting and sharing with other signatories examples of practical activities that contribute to progress in this area. Further information can be found at The Law Society.
We are proud to be members of Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme and have an active LGBT group which amongst other activities, regularly participates in InterLaw events.
We are committed to PRIME, an organisation that promotes work experience programmes for children from less privileged backgrounds. We held our PRIME work experience programme in October 2014.
Each year we conduct a monitoring exercise which helps us to evaluate the diversity of our staff and partners. 65% of our workforce responded to the 2014 questionnaire which is based on the SRA's model questionnaire.
Of those that responded:
- 10% are from ethnic minority backgrounds
- 2.5% are disabled
- 51% are female
- 50% are Christian, 37.5% have no religion and 7% practise other religions
- 3% are gay, lesbian or bisexual
- 46% of partners and fee earners and 73% of non fee earners attended UK State schools
- 20% have primary carer responsibilities for children under 18 years old; and
- 11% care for other family members, friends, neighbours or others
You can download the full report here.