At Irwin Mitchell, we celebrate the diversity of our people, our clients and the communities in which we operate. We know that our people are our biggest asset and as such, we are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment in which our employees can flourish and our clients can prosper. The Our People strand is all about making this happen.
Overall, our aims are to:
Make Irwin Mitchell a ‘great place to work’ for all our people.
Create an inclusive and supportive culture
Build commitment to the diversity agenda throughout all levels of the firm
Provide our people with the opportunity to develop
If you're interested in joining us,
visit our recruitment section. Diversity
Irwin Mitchell is proud to be different.
We have a Partnership Diversity Board that is responsible for overseeing the practical implementation and continued development of the firm’s diversity strategy. The Diversity Board is headed by Stuart Henderson, Regional Managing Partner and Board member.
Alongside this group, a number of internal listening groups have been established to focus on sexual orientation, age, gender, disability and race. Each group is led by a senior member of the Partnership and work with external agencies and networks to explore a range of issues and initiatives that will contribute to the inclusiveness of Irwin Mitchell.
In August 2015 we were shortlisted for the the 2015 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion category at the Law Society Awards.
It is important that the firm provides a working environment that nurtures employee wellbeing and so there are a number of policies/benefits in place that ensure the wellbeing of all our employees. These include:
Health and safety
Holidays & Other absence
Family related absence
Maternity and Paternity
Discounted gym membership
We regularly facilitate ‘stop smoking’ clinics in our offices, supported by the NHS and local City Councils. We also provide our staff with the tools to maintain their financial wellbeing and have hosted the FSA’s ‘Make the most of your money’ sessions at our offices across the country.
Irwin Mitchell employs people from all areas of the community with varied academic or professional backgrounds. Unusually for a law firm, candidates applying to our Trainee programme are not screened by their academic qualifications.
Every one of our people plays a key role in developing the firm for the future, regardless of whether they are a lawyer or a member of the support team. For this reason, we provide structured career paths for both legal and non legal employees, giving the latter the opportunity to progress to the level of an Associate and Associate Director (equivalent to Partner level). For employees who are legally qualified non solicitors, we have also introduced the title of Partner as opposed to Associate Director recognising the key role that they play in the firm. This structure emphasises the value we have for all of our people.
We believe that it is good to celebrate success and so in addition to the annual performance review, employees are recognised and rewarded for going the extra mile via the Irwin Mitchell Employee Recognition Scheme.
Celebrating our LGBT+ community
“We proudly put effort into making Irwin Mitchell an LGBT+ inclusive place because we believe in equality. In doing so, we’re creating an environment where people can be their authentic selves which helps cultivate growth, trust and innovation for our business.”
Andrew Tucker, Group CEO, Irwin Mitchell
We welcome LGBT+ colleagues and clients at Irwin Mitchell. We’ve influenced law reform around same sex marriage and developed bespoke legal services to help with issues commonly experienced by LGBT+ families and individuals.
We also have a long history of supporting LGBT+ colleagues and our internal networking and support group, IM Equal, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019. Thanks to the group, over 1000 colleagues now wear our rainbow allies lanyards, we celebrate at Pride events, and hold regular meetings featuring guest speakers.
We are one of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions and work closely with them to ensure we are supporting our LGBT+ community in the best way possible. Thanks to these efforts, we consistently rank in the top 150 of their Workplace Equality Index. In 2019, one of our colleagues was also recognised as one of their regional ‘Allies of the Year’.
We support colleagues through a range of policies which we regularly review, including family leave, dress for your day and flexible working –
read more about our flexible working policy. We also have a zero tolerance approach to bullying and harassment. We welcome applications from LGBT+ candidates and offer mentoring and career development programmes to make sure everyone has a chance to succeed at Irwin Mitchell.
Read Daniel’s story about being LGBT+ and part of our team.
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