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Lester Aldridge LLP

RUSSELL HOUSE, OXFORD ROAD, BOURNEMOUTH, BH8 8EX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01202 786161
Fax:
Fax 01202 786110
DX:
7623 BOURNEMOUTH
Email:
Web:
www.lesteraldridge.com
Bournemouth BH23, Bournemouth BH8, London, Southampton

DIVERSITY POLICY
Issued by Human Resources May 2016

 This policy forms part of an integrated approach to equality and diversity and should be read in-conjunction with LA’s other policies and procedures as detailed in the Staff Handbook (specifically the Equal Opportunities Policy and the Grievance and Disciplinary Policy).
1. OUR COMMITMENT
LA believes that it is in the best interest of the firm and its employees to promote equality and diversity and, therefore, we are committed to:

  • Providing a safe and fair working environment in which individuals can seek, obtain and continue employment without experiencing discrimination on any grounds, whether or not prohibited by legislation.
  • Encouraging awareness and respect for diverse cultural and religious backgrounds.
  • Ensuring that all staff are encouraged to reach their full potential by providing the opportunity for all to participate in training and development.
  • Ensure that employment decisions are based on business needs and the individual’s ability to do the job.

In addition, LA will comply with all relevant legislation and good practice, and will work with the Equality and Diversity Committee to monitor the success of this policy, and those linked to it, to ensure progress.

2. RESPONSIBILITY
LA’s Head of Human Resources has overall responsibility for ensuring that the firm complies with this and other policies linked to it.
Group leaders, team leaders and other staff with managerial responsibilities are responsible for ensuring that all employees under their management, work within the framework of this policy and other policies linked to it. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action being taken.
All partners and staff have a responsibility for supporting and upholding this policy and other policies linked to it. We expect a personal commitment from all employees in making it effective and setting an exemplary standard for others to follow.
Any known breach of these policies should be reported immediately to their line manager or Human Resources. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action being taken.

3. COMMUNICATION
This policy and all other policies linked to it can be found in the Staff Handbook, which is available on the intranet.
All new joiners will be required to read this policy and the policies linked to it and to provide HR with written confirmation that this has been done, within their probation period.                                                                           

4. MONITORING AND COLLATION OF DIVERSITY DATA
We commit to undertaking a formal review of this policy at least once every year and to communicate changes to employees.
When required a member of the HR team will meet with the Compliance Assistant to discuss the collection of equality and diversity data. Usually collection of data is done using a survey which is emailed to all members of staff with a deadline for completion. Staff are asked to complete the survey however they are advised that if they would prefer not to complete the survey that it is not obligatory.
Once the deadline has passed, a member of the HR team will again meet with the Compliance Assistant to review the data and discuss how to submit this to the SRA and the Law Society. The data will normally be published on the firm’s website once it has been submitted and approved by the SRA or Law Society.

5. COMPLAINTS
Any complaint will be taken seriously and dealt with in a timely and sensitive manner. All complaints will be dealt with under either LA’s grievance or disciplinary procedures.

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