Everyone at Mills & Reeve brings a unique perspective and ideas to the team and we do everything we can to help each person to thrive.
Having respect for each other is one of our key values, and this is reflected in our extensive diversity and inclusion policies, which cover everything from recruitment and selection to parental leave and flexible working.
We’re known for how well we treat our employees having been named 16 years running in The Sunday Times’ 100 Best Companies to Work For. And we are serious about continuously developing our culture and our policies.
An ongoing commitment
As a leading UK law firm, we monitor diversity levels throughout the firm to ensure we’re equal and open in our recruitment and promotions. If we find barriers we can remove, we do. For instance, we encourage flexible working to ensure we adapt to different lifestyles and offer annual leave for religious festivals such as Eid, Christmas and Ramadan.
We provide training on diversity and inclusion matters and our Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group encourages and oversees a range of initiatives across the firm.
What are we actually doing
When it comes to gender, we are one of only a handful of top UK law firms with a female managing partner. Our in-depth gender pay gap report goes beyond the statutory requirements and gives an insight into what we are doing in this area. And if you want to find out even more, The New York Times recently wrote about our approach.
We have a taskforce in place that works to increase the proportion of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff and partners in our workforce from the current level of 9% to at least the Law Society recommendation of 12%. To ensure we achieve this goal, we are increasing accountability throughout the firm, changing our ways of working, promoting and recruiting, and providing more support.
We work to be an inclusive place for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to work. Not only are we a Stonewall Diversity Champion and member of the Interlaw Diversity Forum, but we have our own LGBT+ and allies network, Spectrum. It provides support, representation and development for anyone who identifies as a minority sexual orientation or gender identity. Members meet regularly to ensure any LGBT+ issues are raised and addressed at the most senior level.
We’re committed to helping everyone to work in the way that is best for them, and we strive to put in place alterations that make this easier. We encourage employees, clients and everyone we work with to let us know about any needs or accessibility issues so we can address these effectively and discreetly. Our growing disability working group collaborates with the Business Disability Forum and the Inter Law Firm Forum on Disabilities to ensure we meet and exceed best practice in this area.
Sound like the type of forward-thinking, inclusive law firm you’d like to work with? Get in touch.