HFW

Internal Diversity Networks:

These icons refer to the respective internal networks or groups we have established, click one to view more information.

Roxanne Langford

Roxanne Langford

Trainee Solicitor
I first came across HFW when I attended a Aspiring Solicitors open day at the firm. There was a lot of emphasis on the importance of diversity. The message was that diversity is good for business - our client base is diverse so our lawyers should be too. Now I am working as a trainee solicitor at HFW I can see how diversity and inclusion are put centre stage in all parts of the business. From LGBT+ allies training to mentoring as part of a social mobility program, HFW has encouraged me and my colleagues to step up and actively participate in making HFW a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

Diversity at HFW:

Mental Health

HFW’s Healthy Minds network meets regularly to discuss how the firm can raise awareness of the importance of mental health, reduce stigma and increase the support available to everyone. A number of the network’s members are Mental Health First Aiders.

The network organises events and campaigns in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day.

The network provides feedback on the firm’s policies and processes.

The network provides a safe space for colleagues to share feedback about their experiences.

Ethnicity

HFW’s ethnicity network meets regularly to discuss how the firm can fulfil its aim to increase the percentage of applications and subsequent hires from BAME communities and create an inclusive environment.

The network organises events and campaigns in recognition of Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Black History Month, Diwali and Hanukkah.

The network provides feedback on the firm’s policies and processes.

The network provides a safe space for colleagues to share feedback about their experiences.

The network is open to everyone irrespective of their ethnicity.

LGBT+

HFW’s Proud@HFW network meets regularly to discuss ways to create an even more inclusive environment for our LGBT+ colleagues. The network has also organised allies training so that we have a separate network of allies who are invited to take part in activities and campaigns organised by the network.

Network members and allies visibly show their support for their LGBT+ colleagues by displaying rainbow flags, badges and stickers on their desks which are also a great conversation starter.

The network organises events and campaigns in recognition of LGBT History Month, Pride and Bi Visibility Day.

The network provides feedback on the firm’s policies and processes.

The network provides a safe space for colleagues to share feedback about their experiences.

Proud@HFW is open to all staff irrespective of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Social Mobility

Members of the firm’s social mobility network take part in a variety of volunteering programmes that aim to improve literacy, confidence and employability skills and to increase access to the legal sector. For example, primary school reading schemes, mentoring programmes, employability workshops and work experience placements.

The network provides feedback on the firm’s policies and processes.

The network provides a safe space for colleagues to share feedback about their experiences.

The network is open to everyone irrespective of their socio-economic background.

Gender

HFW’s gender equality network meets regularly to discuss the firm’s approach to increasing gender diversity within senior positions and the importance of creating an inclusive working environment for men and women. Our aim is to have a 50:50 gender split in the network to ensure gender equality isn’t seen as an issue women need to solve alone. Currently 30% of the network’s members are men and we are actively working to increase this number.

The network organises events and campaigns in recognition of International Women’s Day and International Men’s Day.

The network provides feedback on the firm’s policies and processes.

The network provides a safe space for colleagues to share feedback about their experiences.

 

Sarah Burson

HR Manager

Firm Quote On Diversity:

AT HFW we strive to create a platform where talented and ambitious people can excel. As a Trainee, almost all of the matters that you work on will have an international dimension. Added to this is our commitment to providing each and every one of our Trainees with the opportunity to experience our international network first-hand. Diversity and Inclusion are key to our success by encouraging the innovation that results in excellent solutions for clients operating in dynamic and competitive markets. Our partnership with Aspiring Solicitors is vital to ensuring we meet our aim of increasing the diversity of our workforce.