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Breaking down the barriers

For most younger lawyers, it’s difficult to think about the profession as other than LGBT friendly, but that shouldn’t be taken for granted, says Pippa Allsop

26 February 2019

The continued and increasing focus on the importance of promoting diversity in the legal profession is extremely encouraging, and seeing that we are currently in the 14th LGBT History Month 2019, it seemed pertinent to pause on this particular strand.

It was tremendously heartening to see Pinsent Mason LLP not only feature in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list for 2019, but to be named as their Employer of the Year, making the firm the UK’s most LGBT-inclusive employer.

In total, 16 of the 100 organisations listed were law firms. Stonewall is a charity which partners with organisations to promote LGBT workplace inclusivity, by creating “accepting cultures” and “empower[ing] institutions as advocates and agents of positive change”.

Their maxim is “Acceptance without exception”, an important ethos for all employers and employees to embed and nurture, especially as, for instance, last year, 18 per cent of staff say they have been the target of negative comments or conduct from work colleagues because they are LGBT.

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