We encourage diversity within the firm and our equal opportunities and diversity agendas are comprehensive, fully communicated and implemented to every employee.
We have a dedicated Equality & Diversity Officer with responsibility sitting at the very top with our senior partner and Equality & Diversity Champion. Our commitment to equality and diversity, both in the firm and in our interactions with clients and other professionals, is concrete.
Regular equality monitoring ensures that we're aware of the diverse profile of our employees and that our policies, procedures and working environment reflect what's important to our people. Rather than simply collecting numbers, we use this information to plan our annual objectives in respect of equality, diversity and inclusion.
We adopt an Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) process for any decisions that are likely to impact on employees, clients or service providers to ensure that equality is at the heart of any changes.
A staff equality forum, chaired by senior management, brings together employees and partners from around the firm, ensuring that TLT remains an open, welcoming and understanding environment for everyone in the firm, clients, potential employees and suppliers.
The forum discusses protected characteristics and other considerations including addiction, age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, health, marriage and civil partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation and socio-economic background.
Our equality and diversity initiatives are fully integrated with our HR policies, including in recruitment, training and promotion, to ensure that career development and rewards are based solely on merit and any risk of discrimination is eliminated.
We support Bylaw, an inclusive network and support environment for lesbian, gay and bisexual people working or looking to work in the legal sector. In 2010, TLT was awarded the Two-Tick Disability Symbol by JobCentre Plus for the firm's positive approach to creating a diverse workforce.
In addition to the Two-Tick Disability Symbol, the accreditations that we hold confirm our commitment - these include the Deaf Law Quality Mark, awarded in 2013 and the Large Employer’s award for our approach to employing disabled people, awarded by Action on Disability & Work UK.