Giving people with disabilities a Working Start

Firm June 22, 2015

  • Norton Rose Fulbright launches employability program

Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright has launched a worldwide employability program aimed at providing long-term paid employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

‘Working Start’ is designed to provide employment for individuals who have a physical and / or intellectual disability, improve opportunities for colleagues who have a disability, and promote confidence in disability across the global business.

McLaren Honda, as part of the global corporate partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright, will support the legal practice’s initiative through mentoring and coaching support, focusing on the partnership values of teamwork, innovation and excellence.

In its first year of operation, ‘Working Start’ will host candidates at Norton Rose Fulbright across key regions including, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East and Asia, US and South Africa. Employment opportunities will range from virtual working to in-office working, depending on the needs of the candidates and of the business.  Candidates will be matched and paired with local teams across the practice, covering legal and business service departments.

The program will be open to all people with disabilities, specifically leveraging the relationships of Norton Rose Fulbright’s graduate employment teams.   Participants of ‘Working Start’ will also collaborate on a global team project to help Norton Rose Fulbright become more disability confident as an organisation.

Peter Martyr, global chief executive, Norton Rose Fulbright, commented:

“Becoming disability-confident is a catalyst for making our global practice more productive and more effective. The benefits are proven; more engaged and productive employees, more effective talent recruitment, more innovation and use of new technology, stronger client relationships and a better overall reputation.

“We value the benefits diversity can bring to our business and through this program we will encourage an even more inclusive culture globally, where we will be able to unlock the full potential of our diverse workforce.”

Jonathan Neale, McLaren Honda Chief Operating Officer and CEO, said:

“With Norton Rose Fulbright, the McLaren Honda racing team has a true partnership based on the shared values of leadership, teamwork and the pursuit of excellence.

“We are therefore proud to support Norton Rose Fulbright’s ambitions by providing their employees with unique and valuable insights from the world of motor racing that they can then take back and apply to the practice.”

Selected employees will also have access to a Grand Prix race in 2015/2016 to help them gain insights into high performance and creating and maintaining great teamwork. This resonates with Norton Rose Fulbright’s vision to be recognised as a leading global legal practice.

To mark the launch of ‘Working Start’, Norton Rose Fulbright co-hosted a seminar with Helen Cooke, founder of My Plus Consulting, who provides support to organisations to help them understand and address the issues around disability in the workplace.  

For further information please contact:

Alex Boxsell, manager - corporate communications
Tel: +61 (0)2 9330 8165; Mob: +61 (0)414 985 556

Peter Zvanitajs, public relations manager
Tel +1 416 216 1871; Mob +1 416 553 5789

Heledd Phelps-Brown, head of public relations
Tel +44 20 7444 2890; Mob +44 77 0297 1352

South Africa
Candice Collins, communications specialist
Tel +27 11 685 8630

United States
Dan McKenna, director of communications
Tel +1 713 651 3576

Notes for editors:

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3800 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

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