Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

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Internal Diversity Networks:

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Leena Savjani

Leena Savjani

Medical Negligence Partner
I commenced my training contract with Irwin Mitchell in 2006, qualifying in 2008. I have had the opportunity to work at Irwin Mitchell’s offices across the country – I was based in Manchester for 6 years, and have been in London for 8 years. I am part of the first generation in my family to attend University. My parents are of Indian descent having emigrated to the UK in the 1970s from East Africa. Whilst my career at Irwin Mitchell has thrived, as a BAME, senior woman in the law, I am acutely conscious that I am an ‘under represented’ leader in the business (and in the profession as a whole). This puts me in a position where I have a good understanding of the challenges faced by minorities in the profession and in particular from an ‘intersectionality’ perspective. I see myself as a role model for aspiring lawyers and those already qualified but in the early stages of their career. I have been involved with the firm’s IM Respect group since its inception, co-chairing the London committee. I now co-lead the national group which focuses on improving BAME inclusivity and diversity across the Irwin Mitchell group. IM have an open and supportive culture and this has enabled me to succeed in my career.

Diversity at Irwin Mitchell:

IM Able

IM Able is the IM diversity group focusing on issues relating to disability and long term health conditions within the workplace.

Our vision is to make IM a place where everyone can flourish, irrespective of disability or long term health condition. We see our role as one of supporting colleagues with disabilities and long term health conditions to fulfil their potential within the firm.

IM Able’s focus is on a disabled person’s talents, their ability and the unique personal experiences they can bring to the benefit of the firm.

IM Able are also focusing on enabling line managers to better look after current and future members of their teams and to assist them with their career progression. We also recognise the particular challenges that are faced by colleagues who are carers for disabled family members, and support them in this task.

The group meet approximately every 6-8 weeks by video conference or conference call to discuss what they are doing to raise awareness of disability-related issues and talk about what they are planning for the future.

IM Equal

IM Equal is a group for LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all other sexual orientations and gender identities) and ally employees.

The group, which is led by Birmingham based personal injury partner, Luke Daniels, meets every quarter via video conference between all the offices to discuss what has happened around LGBT+ events and awareness and to talk about what it coming up.

They get involved in events around the country, including Pride, Alternative Family Week, Stonewall Season and LGBT+ History Month. and work with charities and other companies. IM is listed in the Stonewall Equality Index for its diversity and is committed to constantly improving our ranking.

Daniella Kent

Daniella Kent

Resourcing Project Manager

Firm Quote On Diversity:

It’s in our DNA to value people for who they are and what they bring. We’re committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture where our people can flourish. We have a strong network to celebrate and support our colleagues, clients and communities covering sexuality, disability, age, gender, race , social background and culture. And, whilst the awards we’ve won indicate we’re on the right track, we’re passionate about continued progress. Our plans include increasing our efforts to attract, retain and develop diverse talent as well fostering an inclusive culture for all of our colleagues.