“At DWF, we already have a richness of diversity in terms of thought, backgrounds, education, cultures and religious belief. Demographics and societal changes will increase and enrich that diversity. Our approach to diversity is to ensure it is not only present in terms of our policies but visible in practice throughout the firm and something I view as critical to our plans for future growth.”
Andrew Leaitherland, CEO & Managing Partner
We’re committed to a vibrant, energetic and diverse business. We want everyone to reach their full potential and pass that value on to clients. And we think you should be able to do that free from discrimination or harassment of any kind.
Our values aren’t just words. We live by them every day and they underpin how we care for people regardless of age, gender, relationship and family status, professional skills or status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, sexuality, religion or belief.
We partner ambition, innovation and passion with dignity, respect and fairness. Hard work and personal responsibility apply across every aspect of this.
We have promised to:
- Create and maintain an inclusive workplace that respects and embraces diversity.
- Ensure all our people and all our clients are treated as individuals and valued for their contribution to the business.
- Facilitate opportunities for all by recognising and realising potential both in employment and business.
- Ensure that DWF operates within legislative, risk and best practice frameworks.
- Encourage our people, clients and suppliers to demonstrate ownership and responsibility for diversity and inclusion.
Our Diversity Steering Group is involved in many projects connected to our Diversity Strategy. The formation of a Partner led Diversity Steering Group and network of Diversity Champions provides strong and visible leadership to support the implementation of the firm’s strategic diversity objectives and in doing so, embed diversity into the way we do business.
We are proud to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion and our LGBT network group, OutFront, has been ranked as a Highly Commended Network Group. The commendation is to recognise the efforts of the top performing network groups within the Top 100.
The Diversity Champions programme is Britain's good pratice employers' forum on sexual orientation.
Our internal networking group “Out Front” offers a great networking opportunity via social media on our Yammer platform to share ideas; have a say in policies and procedures and updates on social groups and networking opportunities. Please contact OutFront@dwf.co.uk for more information.
This valuable partnership has enabled us to transition from ad hoc tactical community activity to a strategic programme focusing on the social issues most relevant to our business and our communities, driving action where it’s needed most.
We are the first UK law firm to achieve 'ClearAssured' status, establishing the firm as an inclusive recruiter for disabled talent. Developed by The Clear Company, the UK's leading auditors of inclusive recruitment practice, the benchmark helps organisations to identify and remove barriers from their recruitment policy, processes and practices which have the potential to exclude disabled people.
The 'two ticks' positive about disability symbol is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have made commitments to employ, keep and develop the abilities of disabled staff.
Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation. The charity helps working parents and carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work.
We are a member of BITC’s diversity campaigns - Race for Opportunity and Opportunity Now. This collaboration is helping to shape and strengthen our talent agenda and ensure we continue to attract and retain the best people. We will be participating in the yearly benchmarking cycle from 2014.
We are member of The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) which is an organisation covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace.
We are founder signatories to the Diversity and Inclusion Charter which launched in 2008. The Charter is a public commitment by legal practices to promote the values of diversity, equality and inclusion throughout their business. We therefore strive to ensure best practice through our recruitment, retention, career progression and learning and development.