Internal initiatives

Some highlights of our diversity and inclusion programme include:

A comprehensive three-year Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan was recently approved by our Management Board. The Diversity Strategy and Action Plan is supported by the Diversity Forum, made up of members from across the Firm including partners, fee earners and business services. The Diversity Forum is chaired by our Head of Diversity, David Hunt.

Internal networking groups – the Firm has two employee network groups – for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender), and for working parents. Group members offer each other support and knowledge sharing, as well as providing a helpful sounding board for the firm's management team.

Flexible working – We recognise the benefits flexible working can provide to our people, our clients and our business. We work to ensure that flexible working is an integrated part of our culture; nearly one-third of our people, across all teams and seniorities, work flexibly. This year, following firmwide focus groups, we updated and restated our policy and procedures to ensure they best serve the needs of our people and clients.

Lunch and Learn Programme – We run a rolling lunch and learn programme comprising sessions on a broad range of topics that relate to support for the different aspects of an individual's life. Each session is delivered by an external speaker and is open to all members of the firm. Session topics include Wellbeing, Eldercare, Unconscious Bias and Working Parents.