The firm is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture.
We are proud of our dynamic, creative and diverse workforce and want to attract the most talented individuals to join us. We strongly believe that diversity is critical to our success as a business: a more diverse workforce encourages fresh thinking, new perspectives and different approaches to our clients’ issues.
Our People: “We treat each other as we would want to be treated: with respect.”
The concept of “Our People” is the centre of our core values and we seek to understand and celebrate what makes each of us unique. We are committed to ensuring that each individual is valued, respected and treated fairly at work. As part of that commitment, we also focus on the physiological and psychological health and wellbeing of our staff.
Fox Williams is a signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter and we are committed to promoting diversity, equality and inclusion and achieving best practice in our recruitment, retention and career progression practices. Our inclusivity initiatives are led by our Diversity and Inclusion partner, Sona Ganatra, and our HR partner Blair Wright together with our Diversity and Inclusion Forum.
Our current Diversity and Inclusion initiatives include:
Education: Our active D&I Forum encourage participation across the firm to mark important occasions throughout the year and to celebrate the backgrounds and interests of our diverse workforce. As part of our D&I “Bringing the Outside In” calendar of events, we have hosted external speakers, organised city history walks, tea parties, asked our staff to share their personal experiences during Pride month and Black History month, and published a cookbook for World Culture Day.
Staff wellbeing: We have a wide ranging programme of events to raise awareness of the importance of well-being for everyone in the firm.
Flexible working: We recognise that some of us may have commitments outside of work; whether that is caring for family members or a keen interest in sport. A significant proportion of our staff currently work on a flexible basis, enabling them to balance different aspects of their lives.
Agile working: Recognising the competing demands on our time, we support more agile and efficient ways of working by enabling our staff to work from a different location on an ad hoc basis where appropriate.
Working parents: We understand the need for parents to balance family obligations and we have matched our enhanced shared parental pay with our enhanced maternity pay. We are a member of Cityparents and all our staff have access to a programme of seminars aimed at helping working parents.
Mentoring: In addition to providing excellent professional training to our staff, we also offer a mentoring scheme to our lawyers, to provide additional support and guidance.
Addressing the Ethnicity Pay Gap and the Gender Pay Gap: We want to ensure that we retain and support all of our talented lawyers and staff. We report on a voluntary basis to our staff on our gender pay gap and our ethnicity pay gap and have a number of initiatives underway to assist addressing those gaps, including a partner sponsorship programme to our senior associates and legal directors and piloting a reverse mentoring scheme.
Volunteering: We encourage and provide opportunities to our staff to volunteer for projects which are important to them.
Partnerships: We are proud to partner with and offer mentor relationships to students from Upreach, an organisation committed to improving social mobility by creating the conditions for undergraduates from less advantaged backgrounds to access and sustain top graduate jobs.