When it comes to our people, just as our clients come from a wide range of backgrounds, so do our lawyers. We are delighted that we have been accredited with the National Equality Standard,the fourth organisation ever to be recognised in this way. To achieve this certification, the firm went through a detailed review and rigorous assessment against a defined set of criteria across seven standards which are aligned to the core principles of vision and planning, developing and implementing, and sustaining
and improving.
We run a number of initiatives to support and reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion. These include female career progression programmes and networking opportunities. We also have ‘parental partners’, partners who support those with children pre, during and post maternity and paternity leave. We have training that explores our unconscious biases and how best to manage them. We are committed to widening access to the profession and inspiring people across diverse backgrounds. For example, through offering work experience in partnership with the charity Whizz Kidz for young wheelchair users, and our Bright Sparks work experience programme provides opportunities for those from less
advantaged backgrounds.