Diversity and Inclusion

The diversity and inclusion (D&I) of our workplace is hugely important to our firm and is reflected in one of our global core values — 'we all bring something different'.

Diversity is a word that means different things to different people — and that's the point; different people. At Gowling WLG we celebrate the diversity of our people — different backgrounds; different cultures; different experiences; different interests; different ages and different needs. We want to create a workplace where our people can be themselves, celebrating the fact that we're all individuals. We are committed to attracting and retaining talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Our Strategy 

Inclusion for All is our five-year strategy that aims to ensure that all of our people feel included and that they belong at Gowling WLG but, importantly, recognising that everyone has a part to play in making the firm truly diverse and inclusive. We want to be recognised by our clients, peers, people, future employees, communities and market as a truly diverse and inclusive organisation. 

Our Inclusion for All strategy ensures that every team at Gowling WLG is enforcing positive change and contributing to our diversity and inclusion goals by delivering and implementing key action plans.




Our ambitions for 2026 are:

  • Make diverse teams the norm
  • Attract, retain and develop diverse talent
  • Ensure collective and individual accountability for D&I
  • Empower our people to be inclusive
  • Align with client expectations


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Diversity and inclusion highlights


Our employee networks

Our employee networks are open to everyone and provide education and awareness as well as the opportunity for our people to network and support each other. Each network is led by two co-chairs who are employees from the firm and supported by two board sponsors who provide active allyship to the network. Each network focuses on key issues relevant to their members and run events, roundtables and provide feedback to the firm.

We are proud to partner with:

 Business Disability Forum logo Black Solicitors Network Logo Purple Space logo

 Stonewall Global Diversity Champion logo   Working Families Employer Member Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion Member Logo

Proud signatories of:

Halo Hair Code For Workplaces Logo  Race Fairness Commitment Logo    Menopause Workplace Pledge Logo   Mental Health at Work Commitment Pledge

UN Global Compact Logo   Race at Work Charter Logo  United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women Logo

Key Contacts

Sally Glarvey, Head of D&I

Emma Dennis, D&I Manager

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.

Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) Data Reporting

As part of our commitments to the Solicitors Regulatory Authority we have to collect, report and publish data about the diversity make-up of our workforce every two years.  Access the 2023 SRA data report.