Our approach to recruitment and people management is underpinned by our Equality and Diversity strategy. Our ambition is to have a workforce that reflects our local communities. We are committed to making positive changes to help candidates shine at each stage of their career.
We are building a diverse workforce where individuals are recognised for their talent and contribution rather than their gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, disability, age, pregnancy, maternity, paternity, or religious belief. This is why equality and diversity is an essential part of the induction process upon joining the firm.
We believe that there is no one method of implementing equality and diversity 'good practice' and it is something that will continue to evolve. Our Equality and Diversity strategy will help us to meet our clients' sector tendering requirements for equality, reduce the risk of legal challenge to our business and enable us to fully reap the benefits that an inclusive approach to management brings.
As a founding signatory of the Law Society's Diversity and Inclusion Charter, we actively support initiatives to attract and welcome minority groups, such as the Black Lawyers Directory (BLD) Legal Launch Pad, into the legal profession. We also partner with groups such as Birmingham Black Lawyers, Women's Aid, the Prince's Trust, and local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) groups and Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) majority schools.
Ranking in the top five for female partners in the Diversity League Table, and appearing in the top 10 for the third year running, is a success story. We already boast a near-40% female partnership and are striving for better. As one of the few Top 40 firms to have a female CEO, it is something we are proud to promote.
Shoosmiths has achieved significant recognition for encouraging diversity in the legal profession, being the first UK legal practice to gain a Gold standard Equality Assured Recruitment (EQA) accreditation and topping the Black Solicitors Network Diversity League Table in 2006, 2011 and 2012. More recently the graduate recruitment team accepted the Commendation for Diversity by LawCareers.net (LCN) in 2015.
We can measure our success via the applications we receive, and who we recruit. But for us it's not about percentages, we recognise that work in this area will be ongoing and we know that our continued success depends on our people and their talent, ambition, creativity and drive. Therefore, we actively seek and support people who have the talent and potential to help us thrive - regardless of their background, beliefs and circumstances.
At Shoosmiths, we believe that makes good business sense.