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Equal opportunities and diversity

Our culture is built on values of trust and respect. As a firm we want our workplace to be one where everyone feels they can bring their whole selves to work. We want everyone to feel welcome, respected, valued and included such that they can succeed professionally and contribute fully to life at RPC. Here are some of our I&D initiatives:

Work Streams (Gender, Ethnicity, LGBT+, Mental Health, Caring Responsibilities, Social Mobility, Faith and Disability):
These are established internal I&D working groups, comprised of individuals from across the firm – with over 70 work stream members involved. We focus on a different Work Stream every six months but, as our objective is to raise awareness, train and educate in all areas of I&D, we still continue to progress other Work Stream initiatives during these key focus periods as well.

Allies network:

Our established internal Allies Network aims to support people across the business no matter where they're from, what challenges they face and how they identify themselves. We have over 120 people who have signed up to being an Ally. They have agreed to do their best to help their colleagues should someone need to speak, confide or seek additional support and to help more generally make RPC culture as inclusive as possible.

In addition:

  • We run the Female Insurance Group (FIG), targeting gender diversity within the insurance industry. 
  • We are a major supporter of LINK, the LGBT+ insurance network.
  • We have established a mental health client working group for sharing ideas, challenges and developments in health and wellbeing initiatives. 
  • We have used Rare's contextualised recruitment tool since 2015 and we entered a partnership with Aspiring Solicitors in 2018.
  • For nine years, we have supported Limitless London, a careers guidance initiative for young people of GCSE age. 
  • We have successfully established mentoring programmes at The Jo Richardson School in Dagenham and with Oasis Academy Brislington in Bristol.

We also participate in: The Women's Insurance Network (TWIN), the Law Society’s City Law Firm Diversity & Inclusion forum, the 30% Club, TerraLex Women's Global Connection Mentoring Program, the Employer's Network for Equality & Inclusion, Business in the Community, Stonewall, CityParents, BAME City Law, Bright Network Black Heritage Future Leaders, DiversCity in Law (aimed at raising awareness of pursuing a legal career in the city amongst LGBT students at degree and postgraduate level) and The University of Law Legal Access Scheme (provides 4 students, who don't meet our academic requirements but have potential, with a summer scheme place).

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