We have a strong commitment towards building a diverse workforce. We strive to attract and retain the best people and provide an environment where each individual can develop and build a rewarding career.

The right team
We aim to recruit the right team for the job and treat all applicants and employees equally, regardless of gender, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief. The firm is friendly, open and promotes inclusiveness. Everyone is respected for the role they play, and every member of the team is highly valued.

Excellence above tradition
The firm sets itself apart from traditional law firms by recruiting from a wide range of educational backgrounds at every level. Our partners are from a range of universities. We believe that we can maintain academic excellence while building a workforce that reflects our clients’ values and the people we work with everyday. We feel this approach to recruitment will be a defining feature of the successful law firms of tomorrow.

 

Diversity in practice
As a modern employer we are committed to offering flexible working to our employees where viable, and many of our employees already work in this way. We provide childcare vouchers to employees where applicable.

We monitor our diversity statistics and analyse these against comparative industry figures.

Today, 4% of our partners are in an ethnic minority compared to 2% comparative industry figures, and 15% of all staff and partners are in an ethnic minority compared to 8% comparative industry figures, ranking the firm in the top 10 percentile for the industry (PeopleCount Law Survey, October 2010).

In our view, the range of our people’s backgrounds is set to increase. Over the past two years we have seen an increase in the diversity of our fee earners: 15% of trainees came from a non-white ethnic background in 2013, compared with 7% in April 2005.

The table below shows ethnicity and gender statistics for Fieldfisher (1 September 2013).

 

 Partners/Lawyers

 Non Fee Earners 

 Total 

 Asian 

 6.0%

 8.7%

 7.4%

 Black 

 0.0%

 6.4%

 3.2% 

 Chinese

 0.4% 

 2.3% 

 1.4% 

 Mixed 

 4.0% 

 4.2%

 4.1% 

 Other 

 0.8% 

 1.1% 

 1.0% 

 White 

 88.8% 

 77.3%

 83% 

 Male 

 55.1%

 29.8% 

 42.5%

 Female

 44.9% 

 70.2% 

 57.5% 

 Total 

 272

 289

 561

 

Support networks
Our employees have established a number of networks that make valuable contributions to the professional and social life of the firm, supporting and promoting different groups within the business. The LGBT & Allies Group, the Black & Ethnic Minorities (BEM) and International Group, and our gender equality initiative Women in Law are all very active within the firm.

The broader context
The firm has strong links with the local community through our Corporate Responsibility programme, supporting charities and undertaking pro bono work. 

 

Fieldfisher is proud to be ranked 16th among law firms in the Stonewall Diversity Index. We have a thriving LGBT Group and we have held events for both staff and clients emphasising Fieldfisher's commitment to diversity in the workplace, to education and to our partner LGBT charity, Diversity Role Models.

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