Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
We embrace diversity and encourage our employees to share their views and lifestyles, thereby broadening everyone’s awareness of differences.
We believe in an environment of inclusion that encourages all members of the firm to flourish.
By valuing our differences, we build upon our individual, team and Firm strengths. It is an approach that we believe benefits our people and our clients. We are committed to preventing discrimination and celebrating equality and diversity.
All job applicants and members of the Firm will be treated equally regardless of their disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, race, racial group, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age, civil partnership status, pregnancy, maternity, paternity, part-time and/or fixed-term status. The principle of equal treatment also applies to the Firm’s professional dealings with third parties including contractors, agency staff, consultants, suppliers, clients, barristers and other solicitors. The policy applies to arrangements for recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including promotion, training and any other employment related activities.
As a firm specialising in commercial real estate we also value an understanding of the real estate market and strive to be reflective of the industry and the community in which we operate and that we provide commercial advice and are available and responsive to our clients.
We proactively address diversity, equality and inclusion at all levels of our business; from recruitment to engagement in an active programme of internal and external community, charity and environmental events and initiatives run by our CSR Committee. Our Wellbeing Committee has organised for members of our team to be trained as mental health counsellors and run unconscious bias workshops. We also regularly celebrate cultural diversity, marking events such as religious holidays, Pride and National Womens’ Week.
As a firm we are signatories to the Commitment Statement and active members of Real Estate Balance, a group which is committed to addressing gender imbalance in the real estate sector. This is an area we are particularly passionate about, because as a specialist commercial real estate law firm, we have a foot in two industries where women are underrepresented; law and real estate. In 2022 we organised and hosted our third annual event for our clients and contacts about inclusive leadership. This is part of an ongoing project for us to offer practical advice to women in our in our industries and we are proud of the recognition we have had for these efforts in the market. We interviewed Ric Lewis of Tristan Capital Partners, in association with Bisnow, and discussed how Tristan built a business with an intentional culture that paves the way for diversity and what the real estate sector more broadly can do to solve its diversity problem.
The results of all of the above taken with our ongoing commitment to continued improvement, has been remarkable internally in terms staff engagement, motivation and general well-being and the cohesiveness of the team has been strengthened further.
"They're excellent," says a client, "The team are very solid and thorough, show attention to detail and are a very cohesive group."Chambers & Partners