DWF has been named one of The Lawyer magazine’s Diversity Pioneers, one of just twenty UK law firms who are recognised as industry leaders in creating diverse work environments and establishing inclusive recruitment practices.
The publication’s first ever Diversity Audit forms part of The Lawyer’s UK 200 research, and highlights the UK law firms that have made the greatest improvements in diversity and inclusion over the last five years through formal diversity initiatives and increased awareness of unconscious bias. DWF was recognised for the success of its Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Talent Action Plan, its partner-led Diversity Steering Group and its network of Diversity Champions, who help increase engagement across the firm and develop processes for meeting diversity objectives.
DWF was previously named one of Europe’s most innovative firms in diversity by the Financial Times after becoming the first UK law firm to achieve the ClearAssured status, a benchmark which identifies the firm as an inclusive recruiter of disabled talent. Many of DWF’s people have also received individual recognition for their achievements in furthering the diversity agenda, including solicitor Paul Maddock, who was named one of The Telegraph’s Top 50 Out at Work LGBT Executives and Gail Taylor, who won Straight Ally of the Year at the 2015 Stonewall Yorkshire and Humber awards.