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We value fairness and respect, and we believe that varied perspectives bring creativity, and creativity solves problems. We know it’s our differences that help us to deliver innovative solutions for our clients.
We’ve placed equality and inclusion at the core of our strategy, and we are committed to delivering sustainable, meaningful change. We encourage everyone to be their whole self, to have a voice and to contribute.
“We want to be a firm that is attractive and accessible to everyone, and a firm that respects and welcomes people of all backgrounds and experiences. Our teams should be reflective of our communities, and the clients we work with. I am proud of our progressive approach, and of our affinity networks who play an integral role in our journey to becoming a truly diverse and inclusive workforce.”
Esther Smith, Partner and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion
We want everyone at TLT to have the support they need to be fully themselves and perform at their best. Recognising that no two people's work and personal lives are the same, all our people initiatives are designed to create the right environment for colleagues to reach their potential.
Whether that's utilising our flexible working approach, family policies, menopause and LGBT+ support or any of our other benefits, we're committed to doing the right thing by our people.
Our enhanced menopause support includes free menopause testing and access to initiatives to help navigate the whole experience. Colleagues can book an appointment with a specialist doctor and receive a treatment plan tailored to their needs, as well as access digital support through the Peppy app.
In addition, our menopause champion network provides guidance on conversations with line managers and required workplace adjustments and connects people from across the firm. Learn more about our menopause support, or take a look at our menopause toolkit.
We offer enhanced family leave packages to all employees from your first day of employment with us.
We also recognise family life can be challenging and at times, we all need some extra help. We go beyond the statutory minimum for difficult moments including pregnancy loss, covering partners too, as well as parental bereavement. We also offer paid leave for hospital appointments for parents or carers of disabled children.
TLT has a trans and non-binary policy and guidance, which includes language and key terms, guidance on facilities, dress code, absence management. It includes support for trans and non-binary colleagues, both those who are transitioning and those who are not, along with guidance for managers. In addition, we offer a confidential reporting service for all employees to raise any issues anonymously.
At TLT, our people are empowered to prioritise their health and wellbeing. We recognise what it means to be well is different for everybody, so our wellbeing approach has six key elements, looking through the lenses of financial, mental, social, spiritual, digital, and physical wellbeing. Some of us lean more on some elements than others, and there is no right or wrong way to do this - ultimately each of our people chooses to engage with what they feel best supports their wellbeing.
Our wellbeing strategy is underpinned by our framework of Promote, Prevent, Support: promoting the pursuit of wellbeing through a culture of openness about mental health, proactively preventing the decline of wellbeing of our people and providing maximum support where it is needed, throughout the employee lifecycle.
“TLT has made huge strides in making wellbeing an integral part of what we do, including the creation of a trained Mental Health and Wellbeing Champion network. These steps reflect our ambitions to create a culture that promotes and sustains the positive wellbeing of our people, ensuring they feel supported in a flexible and considerate environment that allows them to thrive.”
James Chadwick, Partner and Wellbeing Champion
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Our affinity networks are passionate and dedicated communities of people from across TLT, led by senior co-sponsors and committed to helping create a culture of respect. They create safe spaces for support, reflection, and debate – a place where those with shared or similar characteristics, as well as allies, can come together and grow. Beyond this sense of community, our networks act as a critical friend to the firm, making sure we remain progressive and aligned in our approach to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion.
We have a longstanding relationship with the Business Disability Forum and are committed to making progress in improving the working lives of disabled people. Our disability network plays an important role in disability inclusion at TLT, which includes raising awareness of the challenges facing disabled people and helping to make sure our people are supported throughout their careers.
TLT has recently committed to a target of 35% ethnic minority representation across early careers by 2030. As signatories of the Race Fairness Commitment, our Ethnic Diversity network supports us in delivering on these promises. The network empowers and supports colleagues by raising awareness of the challenges facing ethnically diverse individuals, educating and empowering allies, and creating a safe space to find support.
Throughout the year our LGBT+ network recognises different LGBT+ awareness days to educate on the issues the community still faces, with the aim of empowering allies. In 2023, we achieved a Gold Award for the second consecutive year following our submission to Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index and were proudly ranked in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list for 2023.
TLT’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions are well-established and highly regarded for their effectiveness in connecting colleagues to mental health support and facilitating conversations that otherwise might not happen. Our trained Champions understand the value of listening patiently, with an open mind and without judgement. They aren’t clinicians, but they do offer a safe and confidential space to share any concerns and signpost support.
TLT aspires to be a firm of opportunity where every colleague, regardless of their background or experiences, is supported to fulfil their potential. We work closely with our Social Mobility Network in the attainment of this ambition: we participate in targeted outreach, contextualise grades in our graduate recruitment, and have recently introduced two apprenticeship routes, all of which is supported by the Network. We are delighted to be ranked as a Top 75 Employer for Social Mobility for the third time.
Our Women’s Equality Network plays an integral role in our Gender Equality Strategy, which has seen TLT achieve accreditation as a Times Top 50 Employer for Gender Equality and achieve our 33% women partner target two years early. From our enhanced Family Leave offering, to leading menopause support, TLT’s Women’s Equality Network continue to be a vital voice and source of support.
News 29 JUNE 2023