We strive to create a diverse and inclusive culture to attract and retain the very best people.
Whether with clients, employees or suppliers; building relationships is a part of our culture, in which we nurture a spirit of equality, fairness and respect for all. These qualities make us a better business and is integral to a successful workplace.
To ensure that diversity and inclusion is at the foundation of our business, we collaborate on a variety of activities, campaigns and initiatives both internally and externally.
Recent activities include:
- Establishing our diversity and inclusion group which comprises of staff across our UK locations
- Our annual diversity and inclusion staff survey which saw a 91% respond rate
- Piloting our unconscious bias training to staff to assess impact
- Developing a wider training programme to key leaders to positively influence others within the business.
As a silver status member of the Law Society Diversity & Inclusion Charter, we are actively engaged in the promotion of a more diverse legal profession and have been featured in The Lawyer's Top 200 as a 'Diversity Pioneer'.
Our expanded transatlantic resources offer many opportunities for learning and development, and we are proud to have pioneered different pathways into law in the UK.
Our successful graduate scheme has helped us to become the highest ranked law firm in the Top 100 Destinations for School Leavers. Our award winning apprenticeship scheme is key to our focus on social mobility, and it has gone from strength to strength. The firm was named as the only business in the legal industry in the Sunday Telegraph's Top 100 Apprentice Employers of 2016, as well as winning the Newcomer Large Employer of the Year award at the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Led by Paula Dillon, Board Member and Partner, diversity and inclusion is a priority for the Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. We want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential, and encourage one another to achieve our goals with courage, determination and enthusiasm.
"We took on apprentices because it was the right thing to do; for social mobility, improved staff retention and for the future of our business."