“When I secured my interview at BLM, I researched the firm and the values of our firm of ‘being in this together’ is truly what I have experienced with the firm. The diversity at BLM is amazing, and all the staff are always so supportive and approachable, regardless of their post in their firm. On Eid, receiving an email with well wishes was also, so lovely, as it’s the first time I have received such an email from an employer. Whilst fasting, my manager was so kind, and asked if I required any adjustments to my working. It’s all these little things that make BLM a cut above the rest, and I am so happy to have started a career with the firm.” - Usman Habib, Paralegal, BLM
“I am of Chinese ethnicity and I grew up in England, surrounded by racism. Many people do not understand the negative effects it has on the individual. What needs to change is how people think. I believe everybody can have a good heart and this is why I agree with BLM’s EDI strategy. Quitting my previous job and starting at BLM was the best decision I ever made. I am astounded by the amount of support and inclusion offered here, and for once, I feel as though I am part of the team.” - Yingo Liu, Credit Controller, BLM
“It took me several years to be comfortable at being openly ‘out in work’. I was in fear that identifying as LGBTQ+ in the legal profession would result in difficult conversations with colleagues, damage to my working relationships and even hinder my prospects of progression. I am very fortunate to work with a team and company that values diversity. I have developed deep and lasting relationships with my colleagues which go beyond the workplace, and their attitudes of acceptance without exception is something I truly value. BLM is already ahead of the curve as an organisation in creating an environment where we celebrate diversity. For a long time I have wanted to be more than just a lawyer, I have had a desire to help others in different ways, and BLM has encouraged me to help.” - Victoria Jackson, Associate and EDI Ambassador, BLM
We are committed to developing, maintaining and supporting a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion for our workforce. We seek to sustain a working, learning and social environment in which all our people can achieve their potential and are valued, recognised, supported and celebrated. In 2019 and again in 2020 we were proud to have been ranked in a list of Top 50 UK employers for inclusiveness, a definitive list of UK based organisations that promote inclusion at each level of employment within their organisation. The list represents those companies which promote all strands of diversity including age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith and religion.
We were also the first law firm to officially sign up to The Inclusive Behaviours in Insurance Pledge, an initiative set up by Lloyd’s of London and Zurich to demonstrate the insurance industry’s commitment to creating a “culture where inclusive behaviours become the norm and where everyone is accepting of diversity.”
We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace which reflects the diverse nature of the communities in which we work. We know that embracing difference contributes positively to a flourishing workforce.
Despite the government suspending the requirements for employers to publish their gender pay gap figures this year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have made our 2019 Gender Pay Gap results available. Click here to download the report, which reflects the required reporting details for previous years, including statistics for the firm's pay and bonus gap, proportionality of male and female employees, as well as an overview of the approach we take to the wellbeing of all our employees.
You can also find out more about our diversity data by clicking here. All employees were given the opportunity to complete an online survey and the information within this report provides a summary of those responses.
LGBT+ History Month 2021
Associate Victoria Jackson, Partner Graeme Moore, Partner Paula Jefferson and Head of MI & Reporting Mark Wheeler - allies of the LGBTQ+ Network - tell us why the Network is so important to our firm.