Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Royds Withy King is strongly committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) in our business.
We recognise, respect and value the different perspectives every individual brings to their work and the wide-reaching benefits these differences bring to our culture and the services we provide to our clients. We have a number of policies to reflect this including a flexible working policy and emergency time off for dependents.
In 2019, Bharat Nahar was elected to the board as the firm’s first ED&I Lead Partner. Bharat now leads an ED&I steering group as part of our drive to improve equality. The steering group is a committee of colleagues which spans our various geographical regions as well as the different generations of our business with a shared passion for shaping our ED&I journey.
“Everybody must have equal access to leadership and opportunities”
Bharat Nahar has said: “We are all subject to prejudices and assumptions which may have little grounding in reality but nevertheless influence our attitudes and shape our behaviours. By recognising them for what they are, we can begin to lessen their impact. Everybody must have equal access to leadership and opportunities.
In order to be truly “ahead of the curve”, we must be modern in our make-up and have an outlook which reflects the clients that we serve. We cannot afford to lag behind society in this regard and to do so will be regarded as a serious deficiency in the success of our business.
I recognise that a different approach will be needed and that in order to see real change we need a model to achieve it. This will mean stepping out of our comfort zones. I propose to take a real world, common-sense approach with the aim of acknowledging, understanding and addressing the reality of ED&I in our business. My goal is simple: fewer barriers, more bridges.”
At Royds Withy King we are dedicated to a broad range of EDI focused training programmes and ensure all our staff have access to these.
We are second among UK Top 100 law firms for gender diversity
We are proud to be ranked by The Lawyer as second among UK Top 100 law firms for gender diversity.
In March 2020 we celebrated our own ED&I week within the firm. This consisted of a series of content from colleagues on various aspects of diversity and inclusion, including religion and LGBT+. We also piloted the Google initiative #IamRemarkable with great success.
We were delighted to be joined by @Wera_Hobhouse today for our #IWD2020 lunch. Take a look at our video to hear her talk about women’s achievements and the importance of diversity pic.twitter.com/xHXjDVsQKE
— Royds Withy King (@RoydsWithyKing) March 6, 2020
Bharat also published a statement on Black Lives Matter. Despite COVID-19, ED&I remains high on Royds Withy King’s agenda and the steering group continues to meet to suggest and implement changes within the firm.
We are proud to be committed to Disability Confident, a government led scheme to create a diverse working environment. We believe that we are strongest when we recruit from the widest pool of talent, and that means ensuring that our work-spaces are appropriate for all.
Our long established work in the field of personal injury and clinical negligence means that we constantly work with, and for people with a range of life changing injuries. We witness first-hand how opportunities are taken away from people, and we constantly fight for them to be restored.
We strongly believe in the dignity of work, and that this opportunity should be made available to all. We are committed to making sure that all the different abilities of our staff are supported, and in doing so create a diverse, effective, and profitable organisation.