At Fieldfisher we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued, motivated and able to be themselves. We view difference as a strength and a key part of our strategy in relation to attracting, keeping and progressing the best people.
We deliver cutting-edge advice to clients across the globe, this means it is vital that our lawyers and support staff understand and reflect different backgrounds, perspectives, cultures, experience, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, disability, and many other characteristics. For the firm's diversity statistics, please click here.
Our Talent Management Committee, founded by Managing Partner Michael Chissick is responsible for implementing programmes split into three priority areas.
We want to become an employer of choice for the best and the brightest across a broad range of communities, backgrounds and cultures.
This means expanding how we look for talent and connecting in different ways with groups and individuals. We have long been recognised for our pioneering Steps to Success school leavers scheme and our Diversity Access scheme. More recently we have partnered with EmployAbility in an initiative called EmployAbility in Law to develop the pipeline of future disabled leaders in Law.
Leadership and development
It is essential that we do our best to drive a fairer and more inclusive culture where all talent can thrive. Recent initiatives include:
- Our Women's Development Programme,
Inspiration speakers such as Fiona Woolf on the importance of Diversity in the City
- Career listening lunches for associates and trainees to give them a voice and exposure to senior lawyers in the firm
- Unconscious bias training, developing sharper more inclusive leadership and a better understanding on how our bias can impact decisions we make every day
Our mental resilience strategy focusses on three areas
- Raising awareness and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health, through a variety of initiatives, which include: inviting high profile inspirational speakers to speak on the topic of personal resilience and aligning initiatives with mental health campaigns such as Time to Talk and World Mental Health.
- Training and equipping managers so they can better manage mental health personally and within their teams
- Supporting individuals and reinforcing and communicating the support structure we have in place
We are also working towards EY's National Equality Standard, a change management tool that will help us track our journey and continually improve our approach to Diversity and Inclusion.
Diversity and Inclusion Week 2016
We had a number of events and activities that took place across our offices for Divesity and Inclusion Week 2016. This year our theme was to focus even more on inclusion and the small actions we can all take to make people feel more welcome, valued and part of our team.
We had experts visiting from LawCare give talks about mental resilience and wellbeing, and we heard from Paratriathlete, Andy Lewis sponsored by Fieldfisher. In addition our partners are delivered an engaging discussion on gender balance and challenging sterotypes and we invited clients in to lead debates around why Diversity Matters as well as celebrating Fieldfisher People across all of our international offices and lots more.