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Diversity statement – Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice

We are a forward-thinking law firm, we strongly believe in providing a diverse working environment and providing equal opportunities for both employees and our clients. In 2011 we were the first law firm in Wales to join Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme, this programme promotes good practice for employers, creating excellent working environments for all employees whilst ensuring equal treatment. We have a long history of working with the LGBT community to resolve the issues that arise from the end of a relationship. We were one of the first law firm in Wales to offer a specialist service for clients in Civil Partnerships and same-sex relationships. We feel strongly about being a member of the Stonewall programme as it office_idlects our values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviour.

Our ethos is to encourage personal development throughout the firm, this is why we focus on promoting internally. Many of our current solicitors and associates started with the firm in a paralegal position. All bar one of the firm’s present associates started as trainees within the firm. We base our selection on the individual’s qualities and their passion for law and development. In today’s fast-paced environment, we understand it can be a mammoth task managing a work-life balance. We always ensure to take care of our employees and to provide flexibility as to hours or days worked.

In a recent report from the Solicitors Regulation Authority – The business case for diversity (2017), it was reported that 48% of all solicitors are women, whilst only 33% of law firm partners are women. In our instance we go against the grain with 3 out of our 4 directors being women.

It is important to us that we inspire to be a diverse company from both an employee and client prospective. We provide pro bono work at a legal advice clinic run by the Personal Support Unit (PSU). PSU focus on helping disadvantaged people facing the civil and family justice system without a lawyer.  

Due to the services we provide under the family law spectrum and also the wills and probate services we offer, it is no surprise that we see a broad client base. We ensure to treat all clients equally regardless of background or culture. In addition, we provide clients the option to communicate in additional languages including: Welsh, Urdu, Mirpuri, Punjabi and Hindi. Our Aysha Chouhdary is authorised to advise clients in respect of issues relating to Sharia Law. We think it is important that we offer this service as many individuals who seek this advice have found it difficult to find a suitable solicitor.

 In terms of accessibility, our office has disabled access and facilities. 

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