The policy is designed to ensure appropriate support is provided for transitioning individuals and their colleagues, and outlines guidelines for transitioning gender in the workplace, including information on what resource and guidance the firm can offer.
This includes points of contact that can provide confidential support and answers to questions; tips for the transitioning individual, their manager, team, and the firm’s people and recruitment teams; practical considerations; and advice on communicating to colleagues and clients – both in terms of education and employing appropriate language.
Several members of the London office across management, HR, recruitment and client teams have also undergone transinclusion training, which addresses some of these issues in more detail.
Commenting on the introduction of the policy Ruth Grant, Chair of Hogan Lovells’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee, said:
“Inclusion and wellbeing are at the core of who we are. We recognise that our success as a global firm depends on our ability to attract and retain the brightest, and to foster a work environment where people of all backgrounds and experiences can reach their full potential.
“I am delighted that in line with the firm’s commitment to gender identity equality, we have launched a gender transitioning in the workplace policy. Recognising the qualities and strengths required throughout the transitioning process, we are committed to supporting our people who wish to transition and to ensuring that their work and personal wellbeing are maintained throughout their transition.”