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We help every team member to thrive

One of our global values is: we all bring something different. So, being an inclusive and diverse workplace is hugely important to us, and makes us more relevant and valuable to our clients. We want to enable, encourage and support everyone to be themselves and thrive – whatever their age, disability, gender, gender identity, faith and belief, race, sexual orientation or social background.

We have several employee networks, all helping our people to be the best they can be. Each has board sponsorship and support, and guidance from our strategic diversity and inclusion partners. All of our networks are open to everyone.

Promoting gender equality through our More Women network

Our More Women network is driving the practices we need to achieve gender equality at the top of our firm. It provides internal and external networking events, and has helped shape our directors' mentoring programme.

Supporting families with our Family Matters network

The Family Matters network supports working parents and anyone with caring responsibilities. It helps them achieve quality of life at home and at work.

Championing LGBT inclusion through our OpenHouse network

Our LGBT network OpenHouse supports, educates and empowers employees, managers and allies on LGBT issues. It also engages and challenges our firm on workplaces issues that are important to our LGBT community.

Raising awareness about disability through our Enable network

Our Enable network supports anyone with physical or mental health issues or non-visible conditions. We also offer a wellbeing programme, including mindfulness programmes, yoga and massage, plus mental health champions who help our people stay well at work.

Working to promote diversity in ethnicity

We engage with external networks such as the Law Society, the Black Solicitors Network and Interlaw BAME who are invaluable sources of knowledge. We also celebrate and communicate key festivals and events like Black History Month.

Working to promote diversity in faith and beliefs

Using our diversity and inclusion calendar we promote and highlight many religious feasts and festivals including Diwali, Ramadan, Eidh and Easter. There are prayer rooms available in each of our offices.

Working to promote social mobility

Through social mobility, we can fill our team with the best and brightest people from all walks of life. We run a programme supporting those from deprived backgrounds, offering work placements, mentoring and bursaries. And our award-winning Legal Social Mobility Programme gives students work experience in clients' organisations.

"As the board sponsor for our work on mental health, disability and wellbeing I'm committed to raising awareness and understanding, and to help to create an environment where everyone can get support"

Richard Bate, Practice Leader

Seeing Beneath the Surface

At Gowling WLG we are committed to establishing and embedding a workplace culture that recognises the importance of wellbeing and cares about mental health.

Learn about the support available.


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Diversity and Inclusion forum, led by our Chairman, Andrew Witts


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Our partners

Proud to be a member of Stonewall.

Visit the Stonewall website to find out more.

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Proud to be a member of the Business Disability Forum.

To learn more visit their website.

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Proud to be a member of Business in the Community.

Find out more by visiting their website.

Proud to be a member of Working Families.

Learn more on the Working Families website.

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Want to know more about how we make sure our team is diverse, inclusive, and representative of the rich and varied world in which we work?

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