We actively support diversity in our internal and external community through membership of the following organisations:
|We are “Diversity Champion” members of Stonewall. Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme is the UK’s good practice forum in which employers can work with Stonewall, and each other, to promote lesbian, gay and bisexual equality in the workplace. |
|We are members of Business in the Community, which works across the four key areas of expertise in the workplace, marketplace, environment and community to improve the way in which its members manage their resources through the sharing of collaborative resource.|
|We are involved in supporting The Sutton Trust’s “Pathways to Law” project. This is a programme that aims to provide an insight into a career in a City law firm to young people by offering work placements. The project involves giving these young law students access to advice sessions, mentoring and work experience. The programme is supported by the College of Law as well as a number of other leading law firms.|
|We partner with “Pure Potential” - an independent organisation which raises the aspirations of thousands of sixth-formers from comprehensive schools every year, encouraging them to apply to, and helping them to achieve offers, from excellent universities and leading graduate recruiters.|
|We work with the “Social Mobility Foundation” which aims to provide a range of support for bright, less privileged A-level students to enable them to realise their potential by progressing to good universities and into top professions and businesses, including the legal sector. We offer students a week long placement in our London office to help interested individuals gather information on a career in law, work in practice, and to begin building a network of valuable contacts within the legal industry.|
|In 2010 we joined forces with “Sponsorship for Educational Opportunity” who work with us on increasing black and ethnic minority student hiring onto our Summer Vacation Schemes.|
| ||We are a founder member of PRIME - a legal, profession wide initiative to improve fair access to the profession by providing quality work experience for young people from less advantaged backgrounds. We offer a 5 day programme of skills, training and work experience to the students.|
|We have recently become a corporate partner of the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence (CAADV).|
|We have been awarded the Disability Two Ticks Symbol by Jobcentre Plus. The symbol identifies those employers who have agreed to meet five commitments regarding the recruitment, employment, retention and career development of disabled people. As part of this commitment we operate a guaranteed interview scheme for people with disabilities.|
|We have been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation and have committed to paying all staff the London Living Wage.|
We are also members of the Law Society of England and Wales’s Equality & Diversity Forum, which meets regularly to discuss equality, diversity and inclusion issues, and provides information and knowledge-sharing on areas of specific relevance and importance to the legal sector.
Additionally, we are founding signatories of the Law Society of England and Wales’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter, which commits us to develop and implement best practice in equality, diversity and inclusion.
We have also become signatories to the Deputy Prime Minister’s Business Compact. In this capacity we have committed to support communities and schools to raise aspirations, open opportunities to all young people by advertising work experience places through schools, online and in other public forums. We are making access to internships open and transparent, with financial support and also recruit fairly, without discrimination by using application forms that do not allow candidates to be screened out.