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Creating a culture of inclusivity is at the core of our business strategy. We want to be a place where our people feel challenged, engaged and supported to fulfil their potential and perform at their best.

We have a formal diversity and inclusivity group, whose mission is to maintain and develop a working environment which promotes inclusive and equitable practices for all regardless of any factor that might be the cause of prejudice or discrimination. The efforts of our diversity and inclusivity group, chaired by one of our partners, Edward Campbell, and endorsed by our CEO, Sharon White, have been integral to making a significant and lasting impact on the way equality, diversity and inclusion have been integrated into our everyday business. The group meets on a monthly basis. It is comprised of a number of volunteers from our partners, associates, trainees and support staff complemented by a large community of interested parties within London and our international offices.

BD009-NES_Graphic_PostAccred_RGBWe are delighted that we have been accredited with the National Equality Standard, the fourth organisation ever to be recognised in this way.  To achieve this certification, the firm went through a detailed review and rigorous assessment against a defined set of criteria across seven standards which are aligned to the core principles of vision and planning, developing and implementing, and sustaining and improving.

We have initiatives in place to promote diversity and inclusivity and work with third parties such as Stonewall, an organisation that assists employers to promote diversity, as well as being signatories to The Law Society's Diversity Charter and Social Mobility Business Compact. Our key and notable achievements include a focus on the following:

Comment from Sue Millar, partner in commercial litigation and diversity champion:

" I firmly believe that as a successful law firm with an international client base, it is incumbent on us to reflect the diversity of our clients and of wider society. This can only be achieved by equality of opportunity and by encouraging a culture of inclusivity where everyone feels supported to meet their full potential in the work place."

In London, we monitor the diversity of our employees and partners.

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