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At BLP we aim to create an inclusive and inspirational culture where all of our people are valued, motivated and able to be themselves. Our employment policies and practices provide a framework which makes our values and expectations clear and delivers fairness and consistency of approach, while at the same time allowing people to be themselves at work. We place great emphasis on the power of teamwork and co-operation and the benefits they provide. An inclusive and inspirational culture fosters high performance: mixed teams make the best business decisions.

Our Inclusivity Group, which includes senior partners and board members, launched in 2007 and promotes and sustains a supportive working environment for everyone including those from traditionally underrepresented groups. The Inclusivity Group launched a revised Inclusivity Strategy in June 2015 with a focus on five priority areas: Culture; Family; Gender; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT); and Social Inclusion and Ethnicity (SI & E).

Each of the focus areas, has a task-group that supports the Inclusivity Group with over 250 group members from across all departments and at all levels. The Gender Representation group focuses on increasing the number of women in the partnership and the number of women in senior management roles, Firmwide committees, pitch and project teams.

The Social Inclusion & Ethnicity task-force strives towards a more diverse workforce, with a wider mix of people and a specific focus on increasing the percentage of people at the firm from less advantaged and different ethnic backgrounds.

We have an established Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT*) group that focusses on ensuring that BLP is known as an employer of choice for LGBT* people. The group has spearheaded a new unique recruitment event (AuthentiCity) In October 2015, we launched our LGBT* Allies network.

The Culture group focuses on ensuring all employees are accountable for fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. All partners and managers have been through unconscious bias training and access to training has been provided to all employees.

The Family group is committed to ensuring that the firm has working practices that are supportive of individuals’ life and family responsibilities. Since November 2015, this group has run a series of talks addressing different aspects of family life such as raising resilient children and supporting a loved one through cancer. These have helped to create support networks at the Firm for those with all different kinds of family responsibilities.

Pro bono & CR

Our values are reflected in our corporate responsibility programme which supports community organisations working hard to improve the lives of those in need. Our programme provides a wide range of CR, pro bono, volunteering, charity fundraising and community opportunities. Last year 52% of our staff engaged in our CR programme.

Our approach focuses on a small number of community partners with whom we can develop meaningful, multi-faceted relationships.

Our community partners include:

We have worked with Manor Primary School since 2007, running volunteer reading and numbers games schemes, sponsoring and delivering the Young Enterprise Primary programme, hosting year 6 students for an annual “world of work” visit to our offices amongst other initiatives.

We have an extensive schools programme. In particular, we work with students from Eastlea Community School and Plashet Schools across different year groups of the schools’ more able programmes, providing a range of skills development opportunities.

St Hilda’s East Community Centre is a multi-purpose community organisation. We run a weekly pro bono clinic and organise a Christmas party and summer outing for the Older People’s Project. St Hilda’s is also a pro bono client.

We have an extensive pro bono programme, working with various brokering organisations and legal advice charities to provide opportunities for our lawyers to assist. This includes a research project to compile a database on child asylum law, helping with welfare benefits appeals and undertaking research reports for human rights charities.

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