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MIDLAND HOUSE, WEST WAY, BOTLEY, OXFORD, OX2 0PH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01235 836600
Fax:
Fax 01235 836700
DX:
144160 ABINGDON-4
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Web:
www.bsdr.com

At BrookStreet des Roches we value diversity because it benefits our people and helps our business grow.

We have in place a robust diversity policy which is overseen by our Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. The Group reports to our Managing Partner following its regular meetings to advise on progress and obtain authority for the Group’s proposals. Recent approved initiatives have included joining PRIME and our work with local schools. We take an enlightened view towards flexible working.

The main responsibilities of the Group are:

  • to generate and implement ideas for firm-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives, and to consult with members of the workforce in doing so;
  • to ensure a broad range of perspectives from across the diversity strands are represented when the firm is considering policy and procedure; and
  • to promote inclusion and diversity through charitable and community initiatives to help create a culture where people think beyond the office.

These principles are carried across into the firm’s annual diversity objectives, which promote an inclusive culture where diversity is embraced to the benefit of the workforce and clients. Such objectives include:

  • Providing staff-wide diversity training, adapted to the audience to ensure the right people receive the right training (i.e. specific partner-focussed training with an emphasis on an inclusive recruitment policy).
  • Engaging with the PRIME initiative to break barriers to the legal profession by offering work experience to young people from less privileged backgrounds who might otherwise not have the opportunity to access a career in the legal world.
  • Working with schools in the local community to promote social mobility within the legal profession, increasing the firm’s corporate responsibility within the community.
  • Ensuring the firm has appropriate internal policies in place to create an inclusive environment that develops and promotes diverse lawyers.
  • Ensuring the continued legacy of the diversity objectives, by preparing annual reports which include the setting of new objectives, reporting on achievements and the publication of the firm’s diversity data.

We have found that working alongside our clients and other law firms, by sharing our ideas and committing to implement joint actions has led to a more concrete way of ensuring that diversity and inclusivity moves from policy to practice in the workplace. For example, with one of our clients we participated alongside all of their panel law firms in a quarterly diversity and inclusion working group which led to information sharing on flexible working practices and a commitment by each law firm to implement an updated flexible working policy to reflect best practice.

We are a charter signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter. Through participating in the Law Society’s Diversity Forum, the firm has the opportunity to share best practice advice and guidance with colleagues from across the profession.

Recruitment

We encourage job applications from anyone, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, age, disabilities, sexual orientation, religion and beliefs. Our staff comprises a healthy cross section of members of the community.

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