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Dawson Cornwell is committed to promoting equality and diversity both in relation to our staff and job applicants and in relation to our policies, practices and procedures.  This applies to our professional dealings with clients and others. 

We recognise that a firm which is inclusive and diverse attracts the most talented individuals, who are valued for their ability and performance.   

We treat everyone equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race or racial group, religion or belief, age, caring responsibility or disability. 

Wherever possible, we take steps to promote equal opportunity in relation to access to the legal services that we provide, in order to ensure that, subject to funding constraints, our services are accessible to all clients.  We are committed to meeting the diverse needs of our clients. 

We consider all employees to be equal and create a working environment which is free from unlawful discrimination.  This applies equally to voluntary positions and anyone undertaking work experience with us. 

Awards & Recognitions 

We are signatories to the Law Society’s Diversity & Inclusion Charter and we have a Silver Charter Mark.  We have also been awarded a Diversity Aware Charter Mark.  We have been committed to issues relating to the LGBT+ community for many years as demonstrated by the awards referred to below. 

We have been shortlisted¬†as¬†Best Employer ‚Äď Career Progression LGBT+/inclusion¬†for the¬†Citywealth¬†Future Leaders Awards 2019.¬†The¬†criteria for the award¬†is to demonstrate evidence of¬†leadership and development of LGBT+ and diversity individuals within the organisation, including investment in qualifications.¬†¬†

Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon), Partner, is a Founding member of the UK LGBT¬†Family Law Institute and received the British LGBT ‚ÄúCorporate Straight Ally‚ÄĚ Award (2014) and an ‚ÄúAlbert‚ÄĚ award from the Albert Kennedy Trust, in recognition of her work on an international level in defending the human rights of young lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans people (2011).¬†

Colin Rogerson, Partner, is a member of the¬†Interlaw¬†Diversity Forum, the P3 Network and a Founding member of the UK LGBT Family Law Institute.¬† He was awarded ‚ÄúRising Star under 40‚ÄĚ by the LGBT Bar Association and the¬†Interlaw¬†Diversity¬†Forum, in recognition of outstanding legal professional under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality (2014).¬†

Sulema Jahangir, Senior Associate, was named an Unsung Hero by News Week Pakistan in 2019. 

Shabina Begum, Associate, was recognised as one of the Top 100 figures on the British Bangladeshi Power and Inspiration List in both 2014 and 2017. 

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