TLT has become the second law firm to hold Disability Confident Leader status as part of a Government initiative to help businesses remove barriers to employing and doing business with disabled people.
TLT joins DWF LLP as one of only two law firms in the UK to currently hold Leader status.
Becoming a Disability Confident Leader involves third party validation of a business's initiatives to attract and retain disabled people. Businesses must demonstrate fully accessible recruitment processes and offices, and how they support current employees with managing their disabilities or health conditions. Promoting awareness and action through the supply chain and with a business's wider network is also an important aspect.
The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living independently validated TLT against the Disability Confident criteria.
Andrew Webber, partner and champion for inclusion, equality, diversity and wellbeing at TLT, said:
"We recognise how vital it is to have an inclusive and accessible workplace; not least for the wellbeing of staff but for us as a business in ensuring there are no barriers to employing the best person for the job.
"Our goal is to continue to be constantly receptive to the needs of any current and future staff with disabilities or health conditions. The Disability Confident validation process helped us identify areas to keep building on."
Kinny Chinangwa, Development Manager for WECIL said:
“WECIL have been working with TLT over the last year on supporting each other to develop staff skills around policy and disability. TLT have taken the right steps and making the right changes to ensure they are an inclusive company and I’m delighted to be a part of their ascendance to becoming a Disability Confident Leader.”
Employees at TLT were given disability awareness training to positively promote disability and to give individuals the confidence to better support colleagues and also those outside of their workplace.