Establishing Dentons as a place where BAME lawyers and other professionals thrive will attract and retain the best talent.
Jo Wilson, HR Manager, Diversity and Inclusion
BAME In Focus
What initiatives has Dentons put in place that focus on BAME staff?
At Dentons we encourage network
groups to help enable our staff to fulfil their potential. Our network groups are open
to all, with all staff being encouraged to participate.
We have a Black Professionals Network and an Asian Network – both set up by
a number of our lawyers to support and mentor lawyers and other professionals at Dentons; to raise awareness and encourage understanding across the firm and generally encourage and help recruit diverse talent to the firm.
We support the Black Solicitors Network (BSN) which is committed to achieving equality of access, retention and promotion of black solicitors.
What support do the Network Groups offer?
Our Network Groups provide a supportive environment for colleagues who identify as BAME. They assist in attracting a greater number of graduates, lawyers and other professionals to join the firm.
The networks provide mentoring, career development opportunities and most importantly role models who support and guide others. They also encourage understanding among colleagues and senior management of any matters of concern specific to BAME staff, working closely with our Diversity and Inclusion team to drive forward change and progression.
The groups organise various activities, such as ‘lunch and learn’ talks and training, socials and celebrating key diversity dates. The networks connect with other external networks, both within the legal profession and beyond, creating a platform for sharing best practice.
What is Dentons doing to attract candidates from the BAME community?
We partner with a number of external organisations to provide access, opportunity and assistance to candidates from underrepresented groups.
Our partnerships include Aspiring Solicitors, Mosaic, Pure Potential and SEO London.
We host events and insight days and
offer mentoring and work experience to students from underrepresented groups who wouldn’t normally have access to City lawyers. This gives them the opportunity to see inside a City law firm, ask questions and gain career advice.
Our six-year solicitor apprenticeship programme, branded ‘Your bright future’, is aimed at school-leavers and offers an alternative route to becoming a qualified solicitor.
Dentons is committed to helping talented students from the BAME community reach their potential.