Bevan Brittan is an inclusive place to work. We are committed to equality and see diversity as an important part of developing a successful business for our clients, our colleagues and our communities. We are committed to recognising and supporting talented people to succeed at all levels regardless of background, race, gender, sexuality or disability.Joanne Easterbrook, Partner, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Lead
We are proud of having an environment in which everyone feels comfortable being themselves regardless of their background; one that reflects the diverse society in which we operate.
As a firm, we actively value and promote equality, diversity and inclusion across our leadership, workforce, clients and partners. This is reflected in our recruitment and promotion processes. We strongly believe that learning from and incorporating a broad range of perspectives will help us achieve resilience and growth.
We want to do more than simply pay lip service to crucial issues of inequality based on socio-economic background, gender, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation. Instead, we are striving to be an active voice that contributes to discussions and develops understanding, within the firm and wider society. As well as raising awareness and adopting best practice internally we are working to support social mobility within the broader community through outreach work.
We have a strong and vibrant diversity programme that gives colleagues across the firm an opportunity to take part, led by our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee and supported by our Ambassadors, who drive engagement in our strategy and raise awareness across the firm.
By celebrating and reflecting on the diversity of experience within the firm, we are building our culture of inclusion, increasing understanding and breaking down barriers to inequality.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion activities and initiatives
To mark the UK Pride events, the majority of which were unable to take place in person in 2020, we dressed up in the Pride rainbow to record a short film clip for inclusion in Bristol Pride’s online parade.
Live Cook Along for Black History Month 2020
As part of our events to mark Black History Month we hosted a live virtual ‘Cook Along’ to share the connective power of food and community. Hosted alongside Houria Pan African Catering in support of local Bristol social enterprise 91 Ways to Build a Global City, colleagues followed Bristol community cook Salha Abdullah as she cooked one of her favourite native Sudanese recipes – her aubergine and peanut dish. The end result was delicious and thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part!
National Inclusion Week 2020
We supported the annual awareness week as a member of Inclusive Employers. We chose five themes and ran a series of personal insights into inclusivity, with each insight focussing on a different theme: social mobility; LGBTQ+; disability; race and ethnicity, and family.
UK Disability History Month
We supported the month-long event with a selection of informative pieces and real life stories, reflecting our commitment to supporting those of our colleagues who have a disability or who care for someone with a disability.
Hear from one of our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Ambassadors
I am proud to be an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador at Bevan Brittan. I am passionate about the need to raise awareness about equality, diversity and inclusion within the legal sector and this role gives me the opportunity to participate in this crucial dialogue. We have a very open culture at the firm and our team of ambassadors has already made a real difference in engaging colleagues across the firm through roundtables, surveys and regular events.Melanie Lothbrok, Solicitor, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador