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Charles Russell Speechlys is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to ensuring that our culture, our training and our policies all facilitate and enhance the development and promotion of equal opportunities.

These policies and practices apply to external recruitment, internal appointments, terms of employment and conditions of service and opportunities for training and promotion. Our aim? To foster an inclusive, welcoming environment for all and to recognise and celebrate differences.

The firm is committed to ensuring that equal opportunities are available to all and that nobody suffers discrimination regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, maternity status, disability or socio-economic background.

A programme of action is in place to make this policy effective. This includes an ongoing review of our selection criteria and procedures to ensure that individuals are treated on the basis of the relevant aptitudes, skills and abilities and that no one is in any way disadvantaged due to membership of a minority group or a protected characteristic.

There is strong support for diversity and inclusion initiatives across the firm and we have active diversity and inclusion committees and networks that support our different areas of focus with initiatives to raise awareness, and educate, that help contribute to our inclusive work environment. Each area of focus will also include how we can best support individuals at different stages of their career and at different ages.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Partner Emma Bartlett, also Employment Partner, has specific responsibility for reviewing all areas of diversity and inclusion. Emma reports directly to our Advisory Council, putting diversity and inclusion firmly on the agenda of the Partnership.

Emma says “At Charles Russell Speechlys, we believe the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace are extensive, not only for the firm and our workforce, but for our clients too. As a people-centred business, we are committed to ensuring that we attract a diverse pool of talent and we offer a work environment where equal opportunities are available to all, everyone is assessed on their own abilities and that we maintain a culture of mutual respect; where everyone can feel that they belong and bring their whole self to work and where our differences are welcome and celebrated.”

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