Anderson Rowntree is fully committed to ensuring that all employees are treated fairly and with dignity and respect, and has built a culture that values meritocracy, openness, fairness and transparency. The firm values individuality and recognises the benefits of having a diverse workforce.
As an organisation, we do not and will not discriminate on the grounds of sex, colour, race, creed, caste, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, civil partnership status, pregnancy, age, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment or any other irrelevant factor. This applies to all aspects of what we do both as a business from our employment policies and practices and to our relationships with clients, suppliers, contractors and the wider community.
In 2011, The Legal Services Board published their decision paper on increasing diversity and social mobility in the legal workforce. This requires solicitors, such as Anderson Rowntree, to ensure that a comprehensive evidence base about the diversity characteristics of the legal workforce is available.
As a result, legal firms are required to collect, report and publish workforce diversity data about the diversity of their workforce. Anderson Rowntree has taken part in a full firm diversity report to comply with the new guidelines, which is available upon request.
Anderson Rowntree comprises both full and part time male and female employees of varying ages, religious beliefs and ethnic backgrounds. The social economic background of staff is varied with some having attended state schools and some having attended independent or fee paying schools. Some staff have been to university and some members of staff have caring responsibilities for family members with long-term illness.
Anderson Rowntree encourages all staff to complete an annual questionnaire, but it is their free choice whether or not to do so. As only 40% of staff have completed the last questionnaire, any estimate of our true diversity is an under estimate. (Figures last recorded June 2017)