We've been exploring language about diversity within our D&Ictionary segment in our monthly newsletter.
This template for law firms, written by members of the Law Society’s LGBT+ committee, gives an overview of the key areas to consider when a staff member wishes to transition or change their gender expression at work.
It’s not intended to be prescriptive, nor is it an exhaustive list of the areas to consider. Action points should always be agreed with the staff member concerned.
We hope this will help firms regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to comply with Principle 6, which requires law firms to act in a way that encourages equality, diversity and inclusion.
Our LGBT+ committee believe this template is currently compatible with the Equality Act 2010, although organisations are encouraged to exceed the minimum threshold of legal protections which trans and non-binary people are guaranteed by the legislation. If the law changes this template will be amended.
The SRA guidance on good practice for law firms on creating a trans inclusive workplace sets out good practice on trans inclusivity. It provides information about ways in which firms can comply with Principle 6 and paragraph 1.1 of the Code of Conduct for Firms in relation to trans equality.
The template is provided as an unbranded Word document so that firms can adopt it for their own use. You can publish the content through your own channels, such as on your firm's intranet.
The text in square brackets should be amended to apply to your firm.
Terms used in the template are bolded for first use. Definitions for the terms used and other terms related to transition and gender expression can be found in the glossary in Appendix 2.