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Diversity & Inclusion

At DWF we aim to create an inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work and enable our diversity to truly flourish.

All our people help to shape our culture by sharing their perspectives, experiences and challenging our thinking. We value this diversity of thought as it helps us to become a better global business and be better together, which is one of DWF's core values.

Strategy and reports

Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group

DWF have a collaborative and inclusive culture that drives our decisions. Our Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group defines and delivers our global inclusion strategy. Executive Sponsors and more than 45 senior leaders, supported by our Affinity Networks and a growing number of Diversity Champions, deliver action plans supporting gender, race, LGBT+, age, disability, agile and flexible working and mental health.

Read about our diversity stats

Building an inclusive workplace

Our employee-led networks provide the opportunity for our people to build an inclusive workplace, connect like-minded colleagues and create a space where they feel safe voicing their experiences.

Our networks include:

  • Out Front: our company wide network for lesbian, gay, bi and trans colleagues, and any ally colleagues.
  • This is Me: our company wide network for progressing gender parity.
  • Race and Ethnicity Network: our group focused on increasing BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) diversity and promoting cultural diversity across the business.

Our global diversity and inclusion campaigns

Each year all of our locations come together to celebrate and champion diversity and inclusion:

  • International Women's Day involves initiatives that give voice to the importance of creating a gender-equal world, and sessions where we inspire the next generation of women and colleagues who share their stories in photos, quotes and blogs.
  • Diversity Week provides an opportunity to reflect on our achievements, showcase our inclusion initiatives and take the time to gain new perspectives on our lives and others around us.
  • International Men's Day encourages our male colleagues to become champions and sponsors for gender equality. It provides an opportunity to address issues facing men including working flexibly, men's mental health, and boys in education.

 

Awards and partners

Our Awards
  • Top 100 Employer (ranked 30th) in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index
  • Stonewall's Bi-Inclusive Employer of the Year 2020
  • Gold Standard in TIDE (Talent, Inclusion and Diversity Evaluation 2019)
  • Top 10 Employer for Working Families 2019
  • Top 75 (16th) in the Social Mobility Index 2019
  • Winner – Best Law Firm for work/life balance – Legal Cheek Awards 2019

Diversity and inclusion

Read our blogs

Diversity Week 2020
Take a look at our hub page to read the highlights of our annual event, which covered issues including anti-racism and neurodiversity.
   
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Celebrating the year of the Ox

Rowena Lewis explores the tradition of Chinese New Year for her family and her hopes for the year ahead.
 
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Do I disrupt to (potentially not) progress?

Trainee lawyer Ayaz Saboor discusses the importance of speaking up on the topics of race and ethnicity.

 
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Diversity and inclusion matters

Caroline Colliston explores how the right approach to diversity at work instils pride in employees and provides long term benefits for businesses. 

 
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Why doing the right thing is good for business

Craig Chaplin takes a look at the challenge for businesses to be truly diverse and inclusive. 

 
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Women and COVID-19

First sexism, then COVID-19! Associate and passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, Leah Glover discusses the challenges specifically faced by women during the pandemic.

 
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DWF awarded gold standard in diversity and inclusion evaluation

We've achieved Gold Standard in the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) Talent Inclusion & Diversity Evaluation (TIDE) Awards for our outstanding equality, diversity and inclusion practices.

 
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DWF adopts inclusive academic requirements for graduate recruits

DWF, the global legal business, today announced that they have moved to a contextual assessment of graduate recruitment, in a bid to attract a more diverse talent pool and increase social mobility.

 
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DWF reaccredited as Disability Confident Leader

DWF has been reaccredited as Disability Confident Leader until 2023, in recognition of our inclusive, accessible recruitment practices and commitment to being a visible champion of diversity in the workplace. DWF was the first legal business to be accredited back in 2017.

 
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Leading firms offer free mentoring

DWF alongside many of the UK's leading law firms have the chance of free mentoring and support to help firms develop their approaches to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), in a new scheme launched this week.

 
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DWF wins Stonewalls Bi Inclusive Employer of the Year Award

DWF has won Stonewall's bi-inclusive employer of the year award and also been ranked 30th in the Top 100 of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2019, the definitive benchmarking tool for employers evaluating their progress with lesbian, gay, bi and trans diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
 
 

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