We celebrate diversity
With diversity comes variety; new ideas, collaborative and exciting work and above all, an inclusive and accepting environment; and the wide range of industries and countries we service means that our clients, wherever they are, are in the best possible hands.
Our starting point is to promote a culture of equality and inclusion through every avenue of our business; whether it be in the clients we work with, our recruitment policies, or the way we develop our staff. We work hard to ensure that everyone, irrespective of gender and sexual orientation (including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender), marital or civil partner status, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, age or pregnancy is treated equally and supported to realise their full potential.
As shown by our award winning diversity programme, we are dedicated to recruiting and developing talented people, irrespective of background. Our inclusive culture, where partners and staff alike are from a range of universities, social backgrounds and have a range of nationalities, is the reason that this programme has been so successful and why we are ahead of the curve in developing a truly global firm; one focused purely on talent and teamwork.
We are proud of our successes but there is always work to be done. This is why we are delighted to have signed up to the National Equality Standard (NES), developed by EY in partnership with the Equality and Human Rights Commission. NES is the first national industry standard for equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), which sets clear EDI criteria for companies to be assessed against and we are very proud to be one of the first law firms to embark on the journey of driving real changes in diversity and inclusion standards.
In addition to this, one of our female Partners, and member of the firm's Executive Committee, Alison Dennis, champions diversity for the firm.
In order to promote our key EDI achievements and to raise awareness of areas to improve, Alison worked with other members of the firm with an interest in diversity to organise our first Diversity Week, in March 2014. This involved a number of breakfast and lunchtime sessions where speakers were invited to present on various topics, including 'Women in the Workplace', the 'Importance of a Diverse Workplace' and 'Fieldfisher Clients' Approaches to Diversity'. Alison also organises Women's Initiative Events in London and supports other offices in holding their own local events.
We are fortunate to have some other very passionate and committed individuals spearheading our work on diversity. Alongside Alison, we have:
- Michael Chissick, Managing Partner
- Colin Gibson, Partner and LGBT Champion
- Graham de Guise, Director of HR
- Shireen Irani, Director of Corporate Responsibility
"I am totally committed to improving diversity and inclusion at this firm. I hope my legacy will be a more diverse law firm. Diversity is not just about having more women partners (which is welcome) but about ensuring that women, LGBT staff, black and ethnic minorities and people with disabilities are well represented at the top of the firm with positions of power and influence. I believe that law firms that have diverse workforces perform better, clients expect us to be diverse and it is also simply just the right thing to do"
"Diversity is at the heart of the way Fieldfisher operates. From the managing partner – who features in the FT OUTstanding 100 LGBT Business Leaders List – to our diversity-led graduate recruitment and school leavers schemes, we have built a structure that puts an emphasis on both diversity and excellence. We believe we are creating a culture that will show other law firms what real commitment is."
Diversity in Practice
For Fieldfisher's diversity statistics, please click on the link below. These statistics have been taken from the Law Society's 'Riliance Survey' which was completed by 60% of our total workforce at the beginning of this year. We survey our staff on an annual basis and analyse the result against industry figures.
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 and International groups, and our gender equality initiative Women in Law are all very active within the firm.
Fieldfisher is proud to be ranked 15th 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.
The broader context