TLT's Senior Partner Robert Bourns has been newly appointed to the Law Society's Equality & Diversity committee with effect from 6 December 2012.
The Equality & Diversity committee acts as an expert reference group for the Law Society and advises the main board on matters of equality, diversity and inclusion.
The committee comprises five Council members and five non-Council members and includes solicitors and human resources experts who can advise on the impact of particular policies on those with protected characteristics, for example individuals from ethnic and sexual minorities, people with disabilities and women.
Having held the role of Managing Partner for six years and the role of Senior Partner at TLT for currently over nine years, Robert is actively engaged in debates about the key issues shaping the future of the profession. An experienced advocate and employment lawyer, Robert sits on the Council of The Law Society and is one of five representatives for the City of London constituency. He is a past Secretary and President of Bristol Law Society and Secretary of the Association of South Western Law Societies. Robert is a trustee of a number of local and national charities, focusing on health care as well as the furthering the aspirations and ambitions of young people.
TLT is one of the founding signatories of the Law Society Diversity & Inclusion Charter and has launched a range of initiatives to encourage diversity in the workplace including producing handbooks providing staff with guidance on different religious beliefs; ensuring all staff complete equality and diversity training; launching an 'Enabled Employees’ programme to support those with a disability or long-term health condition.