- Stonewall Diversity Champions
Hardwicke is a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Stonewall is Britain’s largest charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The Diversity Champion programme is an employers’ forum promoting good practice on sexual orientation, its ethos being: “People perform better when they can be themselves”.
- Disability and Accessibility at Hardwicke
Appropriate facilities for disabled people, and disabled access are maintained to ensure that a visit to Hardwicke is thought out carefully and meets your needs. Accessible toilet facilities are available; guide dogs for people with impaired vision are welcome; a laptop computer is available for any conferences attended by people who have impaired hearing. If a visitor has specific requirements they are encouraged to speak to one of our Front of House team to ensure we can do everything possible to make your visit to Hardwicke comfortable and easy.
- Gender Equality
Hardwicke’s Gender Equality Pledge
Hardwicke is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women in the workplace, and specifically at the Bar. Hardwicke’s members and staff belong to numerous women’s gender equality groups and industry fora to promote and support gender equality, particularly in areas of the profession historically dominated by men.
Women in Law Pledge
We are signatories to the ERA Pledge.
- Race & Diversity
- Hardwicke supports #BlackLivesMatter. See our #BlackLivesMatter Pledge.
- Black Solicitors’ Network and UK Diversity Legal Table: Hardwicke is proud to have been top ranked as Black Solicitors’ Network ‘Chambers of the Year’ in 2011, 2012 and 2016.
- Hardwicke celebrates Black History Month. Some of our members and staff have put together personal pieces honouring some influential black lawyers and you can see these all here:
- LGBTQIA+ and Allies
Hardwicke was proud to collaborate with other chambers to create FreeBar, a network for everyone at the Bar who believes in equality for LGBT+ individuals and for all those who work at the Bar – whether you are a member, pupil, member of staff, member of the judiciary, or a person who works with members of the Bar. If you would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Our members have also commented on LGBT+ issues facing the Bar and the judiciary in the media.
Hardwicke celebrates LGBT+ History Month. Our members have put together personal pieces honouring some influential LGBT+ figures which you can read below:
- Diversity Data Publication
The Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct states that a summary of the Diversity Data submitted by the Members of the Workforce be published on chambers’ website by 31 December 2012 and thereafter every three years. The summary for our 2020 data, in accordance with these rules, can be found here (Hardwicke Diversity Data 2020) and below.
Any questions relating to our equality and diversity regulations, please contact our EDI Committee here: EDI@hardwicke.co.uk
- Wellbeing Programme
Hardwicke is keen to promote mental health support and wellbeing in the workplace, and has an internal scheme – the Employee Assistance Programme – to help support these objectives.
Hardwicke has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Bar Council to recognise our efforts to promote wellbeing.
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