At Macfarlanes, we are committed to the creation of a culture of fairness. For us, a fair culture is one which respects the contributions which can be made by talented people from all backgrounds and with differing views and experiences and one which provides an inclusive and supportive working environment.
We are convinced that such a culture enhances in a significant way our ability to provide a service of quality to our clients.
This culture of fairness underpins our recruitment practice and guides the firm's policies in relation to the development and retention of those who work at the firm.
Law Society's Diversity and Inclusion Charter
We are signatories to the Law Society's Diversity and Inclusion Charter. The Charter is a public commitment to develop and implement best practice in equality, diversity and inclusion.
We are focused on improving the retention and development of our female talent in all areas of the firm. We are members of the 30% Club's Professional Services Firms' initiative, which is assessing the specific challenges for professional services firms and devising new collaborative actions to accelerate progress across the professions. Internally, we host workshops and discussion groups aimed specifically at our women. We also provide maternity transition coaching.
We work with Rare Recruitment which provides access, training and mentoring for outstanding students from black and other ethnic minority communities.
We are members of Stonewall, the UK's leading lesbian, gay and bisexual charity. Established in 1989, Stonewall has been instrumental in changing the legislative environment in the UK. We are part of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme which is the UK's good practice forum for LGBT issues in the workplace.
Great with Disability
We have recently joined forces with Great with Disability as we wish to do more to attract, recruit and develop talented people who have a disability.
We participate in several profession-wide initiatives designed to widen the pool of talent from which the next generation of lawyers will be drawn.
We are signatories to PRIME Commitment, a commitment by the legal profession to provide fair access to high quality work experience to students from less privileged backgrounds.
Pathways to Law
We partner with Pathways to Law. Pathways is an innovative £4m widening participation initiative to provide opportunities for students from state schools in England who are interested in a career in law and will be first generation attendees at university. Established by The Sutton Trust, the programme targets students from under-represented backgrounds and provides support throughout years 12 and 13, and beyond into university.
Our diversity statistics
We collect diversity data about our employees and partners annually. Click here for our most recent statistics.