Equality and diversity is important to us. We aim to achieve the highest professional standards and expect our team to demonstrate courtesy to and respect for colleagues, clients and others at all times. We have policies and procedures designed to ensure that discrimination does not occur.
Our policies relating to equality and diversity are reviewed annually.
We are regulated by The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and, as a regulated practice, we are required to annually collect, report and publish data on the diversity of our workforce annually. We have made our report to the SRA on our 2015 diversity data.
In September 2015 our staff were asked to complete an anonymous diversity questionnaire. Completion of the questionnaire is not mandatory, and of 38 members of staff, 23 chose to complete the questionnaire. Of those who chose to complete it, many opted for 'Prefer not to say' in answer to some of the questions.
The survey results are set out below.
Age Of those members of staff that answered the questionnaire, two were in the age range 16-24, ten were in the age range 25-34, five were in the age range 35-44,two were in the age range 45-54, two were in the age range 55-64, one over the age of 65 and one preferred not to say.
Gender Of those members of staff that answered the questionnaire fifteen were female, six were male and one preferred not to say.
Ethnicity Of those members of staff that answered the questionnaire, one was Bangladeshi and twenty two were White - British/English/Welsh/N.Irish/Scottish.
Role within the firm Of those members of staff that answered the questionnaire, three were business owners, eleven were solicitors and nine were other staff members.Seven members of staff had responsibility for supervising or managing the work of lawyers or other employees and fifteen did not.
Socio-economic background (education) and caring responsibilties Of those members of staff that answered the questionnaire, twenty two mainly attended State School between the ages of 11 and 18 and one was educated overseas.
Nine of those who responded attended University andfour of these were not the first generation of their family to do so. Four members of staff did not go to University and three preferred not to say.
Four staff member were primary carers for a child under eighteen. Eight members of staff did not have primary responsibility for children, and five preferred not to say.
Eight members of staff did not look after or give help or support to family members, friends, neighbours or others due to long term physical or mental ill-health/disability or problems related to old age, whereas three did. Six members of staff preferred not to say.
Disability Of those members of staff that answered the questionnaire, one considered themselves to have a disability according to the definition in the Equality Act 2010, and their day-to-day activities were limited a little because of a health problem or disability which has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months.
Sexual orientation, religion and belief There is no requirement to publish the answers given to questions on the above.
If you have any queries regarding equality and diversity in relation to Pickerings Solicitors, contact Business Manager Sue Hatton on 01827 317073 or firstname.lastname@example.org