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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Work 020 7203 5000
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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more


We are an equal opportunities employer with long-established policies designed to ensure that diversity and inclusivity are deeply rooted in the fabric of our business.  Our aim is to ensure that nobody suffers unlawful discrimination because of gender, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, nationality, colour, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, age, disability, fixed term or part time status.

We want our diversity and inclusion policies and practices to be effective.  Our Diversity Committee includes partners and staff from across the business and reports directly to our Executive Committee.  That puts diversity firmly on the agenda for the partnership.  But it doesn’t stop there.  We believe that everyone in the business has a part to play in making our firm one where individuals can be themselves.  That’s why we aim to ensure that our communication is open and clear, that everyone has access to relevant training to continue to learn and respect differences in our colleagues.

We know there is always more to be done and each of our offices is involved with many organisations to ensure we keep abreast of opportunities and constantly review and improve what we do.  The Law Society,  Stonewall, Women in Law, Women in Property, The Network of Networks, LegalBest, Cityparents  are to name a few of those.

Some of our activities include:


We assign a mentor to each of our trainees to provide them with support and guidance from the moment they join the firm, to qualification.  

We are also members of Cityparents which provides a networking forum for working parents in the City.  The focus is on the challenges presented by managing working life in the City with young children whether it is exploring flexible working options, childcare solutions that suit working hours and budget or dealing with colleagues' expectations.

We mentor students at City and Islington College as they prepare to enter the workplace.  We also offer work experience to sixth form students from William Ellis School, City and Islington College, St Saviours and St Olaves School through our partnership with the Legal Social Mobility Partnership and as signatories of PRIME, which is the commitment by law firms to broadening access to the legal profession by providing fair access to high quality work experience.  We stay in touch with our students too.

Family Friendly Policies

We know that our staff have responsibilities and interests outside of work and may need support at different times of their careers.  Nothing stays the same, so when life changes there are a growing number of avenues for support including shared parental leave, parents returning to work, flexible working and sabbatical policies. 

Gender Commitment

We recognise the areas where further action is needed to address any gender imbalances and are currently putting in place long-term initiatives to help all our employees to reach their full potential.  We want the work-life balance to be a reality rather than an ideal.

Our aim is to foster an inclusive, welcoming environment for all and to recognise and celebrate differences.

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