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Diversity and inclusion at Gowling WLG
The diversity and inclusion of our workplace is hugely important to our firm and is reflected in our global values.
"Be yourself and be confident in your own ability – never try to change yourself to suit other people’s expectations. Always be mindful and eventually people will adjust to you in the same way you’ll adjust to others."
"I didn’t go to a selective school, but have good A levels and my ambition is to be a City lawyer – what does this mean for my chances?"
Age discrimination in law
Am I too old to become a solicitor?"I’m in my 40s and thinking about retraining as a solicitor, but is there any point? I have heard that recruitment focuses on young graduates."
Career changers: five tips for those switching careers to the legal professionIf you’re serious about moving into the legal profession, read our five tips to help you get started.
Retired workers returning to the workforce - beware age discrimination in the workplaceIt’s important that policies and employees are up to date around age discrimination.
Find out about firms' diversity and inclusion initiatives straight from recruiters and practising lawyers
Removing barriers for ADHD lawyersRead this LCN Says on equal opportunities for ADHD lawyers
How to find the right law firm for your career and disabilityRead advice from Demi Rixon.
What is neurodiversity at work?Neurodiversity refers to the natural diversity of the wiring of the human brain (how people process information differently).
How accessible is the legal profession for lawyers with disabilities?"Should I disclose my disability when I apply for a vacation scheme? Are careers in the legal profession accessible for candidates with disabilities?"
There’s so much power an individual possesses when it comes to creating cultural change for better disability inclusion.
Episode 38: life as an LGBTQ+ lawyer - with Danni Davies and Michael TushinghamIn this episode we speak to real estate lawyer Danni Davies (they/them) from Latham & Watkins and tax associate Michael Tushingham (he/him) from Gowling WLG (UK) LLP about life as an LGBTQ+ lawyer.
Episode 32: neurodiversity and the legal profession – with Phil SteventonPhil Steventon from The Neurodivergent Lawyer blog shares his experiences and insight into neurodiversity, including how it might impact people’s journey to becoming a lawyer.
Episode 30: diversity and inclusion in the legal profession - with Gowling WLGIn this episode, we speak to Emma Dennis, diversity and Inclusion manager at international law firm Gowling WLG (UK) LLP.
LGBTQ+ representation in the legal profession
How do I ensure I’m practising allyship towards the LGBTQ+ community?"I’ve recently seen the term LGBTQ+ ally, but what is it and how can I be an authentic ally?"
LGBTQ+ History Month: queer history through legislationLet’s look at the laws that have landed us where we are today.
Being proud and queer in the legal profession with Anna Casey-Woodward and Bridget GarroodDiversity and inclusion is at the forefront of most firms. But how can you tell which firms are truly inclusive and supportive?
Scotland's Gender Recognition Reform BillWhat’s Scotland’s Gender Recognition Reform Bill?
Women in law
Belonging at the Bar: women’s journey from barriers to barristersWe’re no strangers to women in the courtroom on TV but very few (if any) programmes express the difficulty women have faced getting to this point.
The women who changed the legal industryWomen have been vying for their place within the legal profession for well over 100 years.
Celebrating 100 years of women solicitors – the drive towards equality and diversity in lawDecember 2022 marked the centenary of the first woman to be admitted to the Law Society as a solicitor.
Covid-19 and the growing gender pay gapIn the 21st Century ‘modern world’ that we live in, it’s alarming that women, and other minority groups, are still facing gender pay discrimination.
Balancing being a mother and a solicitorMonica reflects on her experiences of juggling motherhood and a career as a solicitor.
Race, religion and belief
Since the 1960s, a whole wealth of legal writing has been produced by Black authors.
Structural inequality and a lack of representation at senior levels mean that Black candidates continue to face additional barriers to becoming lawyers.
Championing social mobility and disability inclusion in the legal professionWhat is the profession – as a whole – doing to break down the obstacles faced by aspiring lawyers from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and those with disabilities?
I didn’t attend a Russell Group university, can I still get a training contract?"I attended a non-Russell Group university and I have concerns about being overlooked by firms. Do I still stand a chance of securing a training contract?"
More essential reading
‘Reasonable adjustments’ are the changes employers make to the workplace or to processes to remove a disadvantage relating to an employee’s disability.
More podcasts - listen now!
Episode 33: LGBTQ+ inclusion and the legal profession – with Anna Casey-Woodward and Bridget GarroodHear from private client lawyer Anna Casey-Woodward (they/them) and consultant solicitor and collaborative family lawyer Bridget Garrood (she/her).
Episode 24: virtual vacation schemes and social mobility – with Emily DigbyWe speak to future trainee Emily Digby about virtual vacation schemes, what it’s like to be a socially mobile candidate entering the legal profession and more generally, diversity and inclusion in law firms.
Episode 18: diversity and mentoring in the legal profession – with GROWWhy is mentoring so beneficial for aspiring lawyers and how can it help improve diversity and social mobility within the legal profession?