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Diversity and Inclusion

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.”

“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 active Diversity and Inclusion Forum.

Our current Diversity and Inclusion initiatives include:

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 Gender Pay Gap: We want to ensure that we retain and support our talented female lawyers and staff. We recently reported on a voluntary basis to our staff on our gender pay gap and have a number of initiatives underway to assist addressing the gap, including introducing a partner sponsorship programme to our senior associates and legal directors.

Fox Williams’ Diversity and Inclusion Survey: a snapshot

In August 2018 everyone at Fox Williams had the opportunity to complete a survey on issues relating to Diversity and Inclusion within the firm.

A snapshot of the results is below.

  • 70% of staff responded to the Survey
  • 85% of those who responded agreed or strongly agreed that the firm takes D&I seriously
  • 85% of those who responded agreed or strongly agreed that the firm encourages new ideas and welcomes different opinions.
  • The majority of survey respondents wanted the firm to prioritise social mobility over the next 12 months.

In response, the Forum will focus on social mobility as a priority area in the year ahead.

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Accreditations

  • Top Ranked Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Ranked in Chambers Europe 2013 - Leading Individual
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Legal 500 - Leading Firm
  • The Lawyer UK 200 - Listed Firm
  • The Law Society Excellence Awards 2012 - Shortlisted
  • Investors in People - Bronze