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Fieldfisher named a Diversity Pioneer by The Lawyer magazine

17/11/2015

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Fieldfisher has been named as a Diversity Pioneer by The Lawyer magazine

Fieldfisher has been named as a Diversity Pioneer by The Lawyer magazine, in the publication's first ever Diversity Audit.

The firm, which is named alongside 19 other pioneers, is recognised as a leading firm when it comes to creating more inclusive ways of working.

Kristina Adey-Davies, Fieldfisher's Diversity & Inclusion manager, said: "We're delighted to receive this recognition. The firm is making real efforts on this front and with Michael Chissick, the managing partner, sponsoring the Talent Management Committee, great progress has been made.

"We know we have a lot still to do and want to improve how we embed diversity and inclusion into business as usual and into the heart of the firm's values. This of course takes time, but we are laying the foundations and working towards the National Equality Standard which will help keep the firm moving in the right direction."

Fieldfisher has three key work programmes under which it is working towards implementing its Diversity and Inclusion priorities. First is inclusive recruitment, with a focus on black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals and disability; second is leadership and development, with a particular focus on gender balance; and third is mental resilience, examining the link between success and mental resilience.

Through a combination of focus groups, training programmes (including training a team of mental health first aiders) and awareness-raising events, the firm is making strong progress, while partnerships with third parties such as EmployAbility in Law, and the firm's sponsorship of Paralympian Andy Lewis, also demonstrate the firm's commitment to diversity.

The Lawyer said: "Our Diversity Pioneers are getting to grips with the issues that have hampered diversity in the profession."

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