Corporate responsibility in the UK

Creating an inclusive workplace where our people can be themselves, and celebrating the fact that we're all individuals, are top of our agenda. Chairman Andrew Witts is the firm's Diversity Champion and is an active participant in our diversity forum which ensures we deliver on our commitment to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Our diversity and equal opportunities policy

All job applicants, employees, partners, clients, other lawyers, barristers, third parties and suppliers will not be treated less favourably than others because of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, gender (including gender identity and re-assignment, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity and paternity), disability, age or sexual orientation and whether or not they work part-time, flexible hours, or on a fixed-term contract. This also includes associated or perceptive discrimination.

Our employee networks

  • EmbRACE - our BAME network champion BAME inclusion and celebrate diversity at work and in the community. They have three key areas of focus; role models, raising awareness and allies.
  • Enable - Our disability, mental health and wellbeing networks purpose is to support colleagues with visible and non-visible disabilities and mental health issues to promote diversity and inclusion in the firm with the firm's diversity strategy
  • Family Matters - our working parents and carers network was created to provide support our people with family or caring commitments outside of work to help them achieve a better work life balance.
  • OpenHouse - our network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and straight allies.  The network is working to connect and support our people on LGBT matters, whatever your background and wherever you are.
  • Thrive - our gender network that aims to drive gender equality throughout the firm to help to achieve our aspirations of better balance at the top whilst also supporting the specific needs of our male colleagues.

Some of our diversity highlights

  • Our focus on gender comprises of a number of projects aimed at addressing the gender imbalance in our partnership and management. For example initiatives such as sponsorship and consultations on how we can improve the parenting experience and part time working.
  • We have a number of fully trained mental health champions and domestic violence champions across the firm whose role is to listen and provide effective sign-posting. They are there for anyone to speak to and all conversations are confidential.
  • Wellbeing is important to us and we offer a range of resources to support our people's mental and physical welfare including mindfulness sessions, yoga, on-site massage and a number of employee benefits with a wellbeing focus.
  • Our flexible working policies support our employees' needs and enable working arrangements that work for the individual as well as the business as a whole.
  • For working families we offer an enhanced maternity package including maternity coaching, peer to peer support, support for staff going through fertility treatment and childcare vouchers for working parents.
  • As well as our Enable network we have a working group whose focus is to make the firm accessible to anyone with a disability and to attract disabled talent.
  • We have prayer/contemplation rooms in our London and Birmingham offices for people of any faith to use.
  • We celebrate a number of special dates across the year, including; International Women's Day, International Men's Day, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Day of Pink, Pride, Black History Month, LGBT History Month, Mental Health Awareness Week and much more.