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Equality & Diversity and Inclusion Policy
The firm does not discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic/national origin, age, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability in deciding whether to accept instructions from clients, instructing counsel and other experts in the provision of services, or in the selection, recruitment, treatment and behaviour of staff.
Duty Solicitors employed by the firm carry out their duties in such a way so as not to discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, gender, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age or disability and regardless of the nature of any offence for which the client is under investigation or with which the client has been charged or previously convicted.
All job applicants and personnel in the firm receive equal treatment and are given equal opportunities.
Any breach of this policy will be treated by the directors as a disciplinary offence, and would result in an oral or written warning or possibly a dismissal (after investigation) depending on the seriousness of the breach.
All staff are registered on Access and have undertaken training on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. On induction they are also asked to read this policy.
The firm will always consider making reasonable adjustments to benefit any disabled staff and clients who are at a substantial disadvantage as a result of their disability. When considering a reasonable adjustment we will take into account:
Examples of reasonable adjustments the firm may make are:
The firm is strongly committed to operating in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and the appropriate sections of the SRA handbook (http://www.sra.org.uk/handbook/) regarding equality and non-discrimination.