Horwood James LLP Solicitors
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Email: enquiries@horwoodjames.co.uk

Equality and Diversity

At Horwood & James Solicitors we actively promote equality and diversity in the workplace. We believe in creating equal opportunities everyone regardless of gender, background or disability.

We obviously oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination and are committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality and diversity in our policies, practices and procedures and in those areas in which it has influence.

Respecting and embracing individuality

We’re committed to creating an environment where people are respected as individuals and everyone is treated fairly, equally and with attention, courtesy and respect.

We annually monitor equality and diversity and submit this to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which is published it in their diversity report.

Equality and Diversity in Recruitment with a diverse workforce

The law does not discriminate in terms of sex, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief and neither do we. We feel that as far as possible we should also reflect this in our people.

We pursue an equality and diversity policy with our recruitment procedures; recognising the benefits of having a diverse workforce. The firm treats all job applicants equally and fairly and will not discriminate unjustifiably against them.

We apply the same policy in our treatment of our clients, other lawyers, experts and barristers instructed by us in the treatment of any other third parties.

A diverse workforce

When recruiting, we ensure that applications are attracted from all sexes, races, ages, people with disabilities and regardless of sexual orientation or religion or beliefs.

At Horwood & James Solicitors we ensure that employment opportunities are open and accessible to all on individual qualities and personal merit. Equal opportunities feature in all stages of the recruitment process.

Flexibility

A number of our staff enjoy working flexibly and we provide paid maternity and shared parental leave entitlements for our staff. We retain valuable skills and experience by providing flexible working arrangements for those returning after a long period of leave. We look at all possibilities to attract and retain individuals being as flexible as we can allow.

We are required by the SRA to publish a summary of our firm’s diversity data and the report can be viewed below:

 Which age category are we in?

Totals

Solicitor partner (sole practitioner, member or director)

Other fee earner

Support staff

Prefer not to say

 

16 - 24

2

 

1

1

 

25 - 34

5

1

2

2

 

35 - 44

5

1

1

3

 

45 - 54

7

2

1

3

1

55 - 64

2

 

 

2

 

65+

1

 

 

1

 

Prefer not to say

4

 

 

 

12

Which gender do we identify with?

Totals

Solicitor partner (sole practitioner, member or director)

Other fee earner

Support staff

Prefer not to say

Male

5

2

2

1

 

Female

17

2

3

11

1

Prefer not to say

4

 

 

 

12

Do we consider ourselves to have a disability according to the definition in the Equality Act 2010?

Totals

Solicitor partner (sole practitioner, member or director)

Other fee earner

Support staff

Prefer not to say

Yes

0

 

 

 

 

No

21

4

5

11

1

Prefer not to say

13

 

 

1

12

Are our day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?

Totals

Solicitor partner (sole practitioner, member or director)

Other fee earner

Support staff

Prefer not to say

Yes, limited a lot

0

 

 

 

 

Yes, limited a little

2

 

 

2

 

No

20

4

5

10

1

Prefer not to say

12

 

 

 

12

What is our ethnic group?

Totals

Solicitor partner (sole practitioner, member or director)

Other fee earner

Support staff

Prefer not to say

Asian/Asian British

1

 

 

1

 

British/English/Welsh/Northern Irish/Scottish

20

4

5

10

1

Any other White background

1

 

 

1

 

Prefer not to say

12

 

 

 

12

What type of school did we mainly attend between the ages between the ages 11 and 16?

Totals

Solicitor partner (sole practitioner, member or director)

Other fee earner

Support staff

Prefer not to say

UK state run or funded school (selective on academic, faith or other grounds)

6

2

3

1

 

UK state school (non-selective)

10

1

1

8

 

UK independent/ fee-paying school (bursary)

1

 

 

1

 

UK independent/ fee-paying school (no bursary)

3

1

1

1

 

Attended school outside the UK

1

 

 

1

 

Don't know

1

 

 

 

1

Prefer not to say

12

 

 

 

12

What is the highest level of qualifications achieved by either of our parent(s) or guardian(s) by the time we were 18?

Totals

Solicitor partner (sole practitioner, member or director)

Other fee earner

Support staff

Prefer not to say

At least one has a degree level qualification

4

 

2

2

 

Qualifications below degree level

9

3

2

4

 

No formal qualifications

3

1

1

1

 

Don't know

5

 

 

5

 

Prefer not to say

13

 

 

 

13

Thinking back to when we were aged about 14, which best describes the sort of work the main/ highest income earner in our household did in their main job?

Totals

Solicitor partner (sole practitioner, member or director)

Other fee earner

Support staff

Prefer not to say

Modern professional occupations such as: teacher/lecturer, nurse, physiotherapist, social worker, welfare officer, artist, musician, police officer (sergeant or above), software designer

1

 

 

1

 

Clerical and intermediate occupations such as: secretary, personal assistant, clerical worker, office clerk, call centre agent, nursing auxiliary, nursery nurse

3

1

1

1

 

Senior managers and administrators usually responsible for planning, organising and co-ordinating work and for finance such as: finance manager, chief executive

6

2

2

2

 

Technical and craft occupations such as: motor mechanic, fitter, inspector, plumber, printer, tool maker, electrician, gardener, train driver

5

1

 

4

 

Semi-routine manual and service occupations such as: postal worker, machine operative, security guard, caretaker, farm worker, catering assistant, receptionist, sales assistant

1

 

 

1

 

Middle or junior managers such as: office manager, retail manager, bank manager, restaurant manager, warehouse manager, publican

2

 

2

 

 

Traditional professional occupations such as: accountant, solicitor, medical practitioner, scientist, civil/ mechanical engineer

2

 

 

2

 

Other

1

 

 

1

 

Don't know

1

 

 

 

1

Prefer not to say

12

 

 

 

12

Are we a primary carer for a child or children under 18?

Totals

Solicitor partner (sole practitioner, member or director)

Other fee earner

Support staff

Prefer not to say

Yes

12

3

4

5

 

No

9

1

1

7

 

Prefer not to say

13

 

 

 

13

Do we look after or care for someone with long term physical or mental ill health caused by disability or age (not in a paid capacity)?

Totals

Solicitor partner (sole practitioner, member or director)

Other fee earner

Support staff

Prefer not to say

No

20

3

5

11

1

Yes, 1 - 19 hours a week

2

1

 

1

 

Prefer not to say

12

 

 

 

12

 



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