Horwich Farrelly is a defendant insurance law firm, with over 750 people working in multiple locations across the UK.
They signed up to the LGBT+ mentoring scheme and partnered with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) to share experiences, ideas and challenges, and have the support to try new things.
The firm was proud of the level of diversity they had achieved organically, but they were also keen to do as much as they could to ensure that there were no barriers to employees being able to succeed and feel comfortable in being themselves at work.
What they did
- Created a diversity and inclusion steering group to support inclusivity for all
- Developed an action plan to look closely at any diversity challenges the firm faced
- Reviewed recruitment and progression processes to remove unconscious bias
- Used various channels to communicate their commitment to improving inclusion for all, and to facilitate progression to senior roles for under-represented groups
- Signed up to the Inclusive Insurers Pledge and Race at Work Charter
- Committed to communicating and celebrating LGBT+ events in the future
- Launch a network of diversity champions
- Publish an external-facing commitment on diversity and inclusion
- Work towards completing the Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index.
“We recognise that meaningful change takes time, and that there is no quick fix for us or, indeed, any firm when it comes to equality, inclusion and diversity. We are pleased to have taken part in the LGBT+ mentoring scheme and can already see the internal benefits.
Achieving equality, inclusion and diversity across our business is tremendously important to Horwich Farrelly, and partnerships such as this help us to deliver on our commitments in this area.”
Thomas Reynard, chief operating officer and member of the diversity and inclusion steering group