Diversity, Inclusivity and Equal Opportunities

Diversity, Inclusivity and Equal Opportunities

Cultivating a culture of inclusivity, embracing diversity and promoting equal opportunities is integral to Michelmores' overall strategy and values. 

As a Firm we are committed to:

  • preserving the values that permeate our culture: teamwork, trust, respect, care, candour and integrity
  • ensuring that everyone in the Firm feels a sense of belonging
  • valuing the importance of the excellence of our people, and in doing so, ensuring we respect and appreciate the different generational and cultural needs of individuals.

Clients

We are dedicated to providing high quality legal services for all sections of the community, and to be responsive to the specific needs required by our diverse range of clients.

People

Michelmores is committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential, whilst being themselves at work. We actively promote a policy and practice of equality and opportunity at all stages of employment.

We believe the source of excellence lies in the differences between us as individuals. We encourage our people to play to their individual strengths within a collaborative working environment, which is how we build strong and diverse teams.

Michelmores Gender Pay Gap report 2018

In line with 2017 government legislation, organisations with 250 employees or more must report on their gender pay gap. As a Best Companies employer, we are an advocate of gender pay gap reporting as a tool to improve transparency on pay. We use the information from our gender pay gap reporting to help inform where we need to focus, to reduce or eliminate pay gaps. We recognise that change doesn’t happen overnight, and so have a long term commitment to closing the gap. Based on our analysis we believe that men and women are paid equally for doing equivalent roles at Michelmores. However, our aim is to continue to improve gender pay parity and our objective is to have at least 30% of women in partner roles by 2022. In 2016, Michelmores created the initiative Women @ Michelmores which supports the development and progression of the women in the Firm with a key aim of creating a better gender balance across our partnership. 

For the full 2018 report, please click here.

For the 2017 report, please click here.

Diversity and Inclusivity Group

The Firm's Diversity and Inclusivity group is chaired by Partner Carol McCormack. The group was established to discuss and address Diversity and Inclusivity challenges we face within the legal industry and as a Firm. The group are currently focussing on three key areas: gender inclusivity, widening access to the law and unconscious bias.

Memberships

We work with a number of organisations, including Stonewall, Aspiring Solicitors, Pathways to Law and PRIME, to promote and encourage diversity within the Firm and the profession. We are also signatories of the Law Society's Diversity & Inclusion Charter and the Mindful Business Charter, which commits to supporting mental health and wellbeing.

Diversity Data

We regularly collect diversity data to allow us to monitor progress on our diversity and inclusion initiatives. View our 2017 Diversity Survey results here

Contact for Equality and Diversity

The review and development of our diversity programme is the responsibility of Colette Stevens, our HR Director.

If you have any feedback about our approach to Equality and Diversity, please let our HR Director know.