Shepherd and Wedderburn features in new legal sector diversity ranking

Shepherd and Wedderburn features in new legal sector diversity ranking

Stephen Gibb

Shepherd and Wedderburn is the only Scottish-headquartered law firm to be ranked in the inaugural list of the UK’s top 25 legal employers for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff.

The firm is ranked 19th in the Top 25 in the legal sector listing, published by Stonewall and the InterLaw Diversity Forum as part of Stonewall’s annual Workplace Equality Index (WEI).

In its report, Stonewall said: “Shepherd and Wedderburn have demonstrated that they have considered the experiences and requirements of LGBT+ people throughout their policies and procedures,” adding that the firm has “demonstrated considerations for LGBT+ identities throughout the employee lifecycle, there has been recruitment from diversity websites, training that includes specific LGBT content and consideration for the professional development of LGBT+ staff”.

The report also states Shepherd and Wedderburn had “undertaken a range of activities over the past year to advance LGBT+ equality, both internally and externally”.

Stephen Gibb, chief executive of Shepherd and Wedderburn, said: “We are pleased that Stonewall and the InterLaw Diversity Forum have recognised the efforts we have made, and continue to make, to be an inclusive and diverse workplace.

“Shepherd and Wedderburn is a people business that values and rewards the contribution of colleagues, right across our organisation. The firm is proud of its inclusive and collaborative culture, both internally and when working with clients, and is committed to encouraging and supporting diversity and social mobility.

“We strive to promote a meritocratic culture that encourages career progression regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or socio-economic background.”

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