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Inspiring our people

Key topics: Equity, diversity and inclusion; health and wellness

Birketts is committed to building a supportive and inclusive work environment.

We listen to our colleagues, and value their happiness and wellbeing in all aspects of their lives. We encourage people to be themselves at work and appreciate the unique talents and contribution every individual can bring to the success of the firm, our clients and community. 

To help focus and measure our efforts we are addressing two priority areas, equity, diversity, and inclusion; and health and wellness.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Our EDI objective is to foster an informed and inclusive culture where all our people feel a deep sense of pride and belonging and feel empowered to be themselves. Our People and Culture Committee plays a key role in delivering against this objective and aims to raise awareness, support and affect change, enhance quality and ensure all colleagues are treated, listened, and responded to equitably. In particular, we are keen to embrace inclusion as a means to naturally becoming more diverse and have identified five important focus areas:

  • Gender diversity
  • Working parents
  • Social mobility
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Physical and mental health and wellbeing   

We also have a number of established networks representing the focus areas above as well as additional areas (e.g.  LGBTQ+, Neurodiversity). Employee networks are voluntary groups of employees that collaboratively come together based on shared identity or life experiences to provide a support system and offer a collective voice to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  

We publish an annual diversity report which is available internally and externally; this report includes information concerning other protected characteristics, such as disability, ethnicity, and religion. We also monitor and report our gender pay gap information annually. 

Health and Wellness

We prioritise our workforce’s health, safety, and wellbeing. Our strategic objective is to enable and encourage our people to develop, contribute and progress to their fullest potential by providing a healthy environment promoting wellness.

Key initiatives

Female gender diversity

We have made strong progress against our female gender diversity targets. Our ‘Gender Diversity: The Pathway to Partnership’ workshop, is aimed at empowering female associates in their career progression and has been attended by more than 60 female lawyers. As a result of this and other initiatives, in 2023, 41% of our partnership are female, an increase of 13% since 2020.

Social Mobility

We are committed to supporting the UK ‘Levelling Up’ programme and are developing a bespoke action plan aimed at improving opportunities and social mobility in the East of England and within the broader legal profession.

A number of our offices, notably Ipswich, Cambridge and London are located in areas of severe economic deprivation, and we have implemented several social mobility initiatives that are leading to positive outcomes for our local communities. These initiatives include our partnership with The Careers and Enterprise Company as a ‘Cornerstone Employer’, legal apprenticeships, and inclusion monitoring. As a designated Cornerstone Employer, we collaborate with other employers to develop employability and skills in schools and colleges and act as an ambassador for social mobility, leveraging our network and those of other Cornerstone Employers.  

Thrive Programme

In October 2020, we launched the THRIVE health and wellbeing programme, which provides our colleagues with access to various interactive activities, events and resources centred around four crucial areas of positive health and wellbeing: mental health, diet and nutrition, physical health, and sleep. In October 2022, we appointed a dedicated wellbeing nurse to assist and support our colleagues in these areas.

Our Health and Safety Committee, which comprises management and elected staff representatives and our Health and Safety Policy provide a comprehensive framework for managing health and safety across the firm. The Committee is responsible for discussing health and safety issues, reviewing related procedures, monitoring and reporting on health and safety matters, and keeping abreast of relevant legislation.

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