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Inclusivity & Diversity

Abbey Dash Runners November 2016

At Walker Morris we recognise that our success is a reflection of the quality and skill of our people. Having a talented and diverse workforce, where each individual brings their own unique capabilities, experiences and characteristics to their work, is key to being able to respond to our wide ranging client base.

We are committed to seeking out and retaining talented and motivated individuals and to treat all people with respect and dignity. We strive to create and foster a supportive and understanding environment, in which everyone is given the opportunity to realise their maximum potential free from discrimination and harassment. A full copy of our equality and diversity policy is available on request.

Diversity achievements

We believe diversity is about more than having a policy, it is about encouraging diversity and allowing everyone to be the best they can be without barriers. Our approach is to support diversity rather than simply tick boxes. We do this in several ways including the examples below:

  • All employees have access to Walker Morris Academy, an online learning platform which provides bite-sized learning content including diversity, mental health and wellbeing.
  • We have developed an innovative eLearning diversity module which embeds the policy with everyone in the Firm.
  • Our line managers receive face-to-face diversity training which deals with practical case studies to aid understanding and awareness.
  • Our solicitors run workshops with children from primary schools in local deprived areas as part of Leeds Legal Education Week and Ahead Partnerships. This is to help make underprivileged children aware of the various careers available within a legal firm including Legal, HR, Marketing and IT.
  • We have supported apprenticeships for six years. Taking 16-18 year olds with little or no qualifications into various parts of the business where we train them for a year and have a very successful track record of employing them on a permanent basis upon completion of the training period.
  • We undertake mentoring via universities, with students. We specifically look for students whose needs are greatest. This adds real value for the mentee and over the last few years this has worked well.
  • We have voluntarily published Gender Pay Gap information beyond the statutory requirements, including for partners and specific roles such as solicitors and trainee solicitors.
  • Across our Board and Senior Management Team, 67% of our positions are female.