Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons (PM) is an international law firm with a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in its deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which its clients operate.

Background

With more than 1,500 lawyers operating from 20 locations throughout the UK, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, PM is well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions across a range of legal disciplines. It employees 90 people in Northern Ireland.

The firm has significant international credentials in the global energy, infrastructure, financial services and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. In the UK, it also conducts market-leading work in sectors including real-estate, government, retail, universities and higher education.

What Pinsent Masons did

Pinsent Masons is committed to maintaining an inclusive environment where people with different talents, cultures and outlook benefit from working together and have the opportunity to achieve their potential. It believes that a diverse workforce means its clients benefit from a range of knowledge and experience, and a more innovative work product.

The company now has a thriving Diversity and Inclusion employee network with six diversity groups: Female Futures; Family Support Network; LGBT (supported by an Allies Network); Disability & Wellbeing Network; Multi-Faith Network; and Multi-Cultural Network. These groups provide mentoring, opportunities for networking and engagement and input in to firm policy and procedures. The groups are open to all of our people:

Its Board supported Diversity Strategy and Action Plan is set by our Diversity Steering Group. We have measurable targets and KPIs and progress is reported internally and externally. Key areas of focus include: Gender Diversity; Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; Social Mobility; and Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Its commitment to diversity and inclusion has attracted positive PR and external recognition and has created numerous opportunities for it to develop relationships with clients, suppliers and the wider business community.

Impact

  • 43% of its Belfast office are members of a Diversity Network Group
  • 97% of respondents to 2016 Vacation Placement Student Survey said firm’s commitment to D&I was important/very important when deciding where to apply for a training contract.
  • 33% female partnership in Belfast (Project Sky target 25% globally)
  • £12,500 to support The Rainbow project’s work with LGBT people
  • Belfast office accounts for only 3% of our firm-wide headcount yet accounts for over 8% of our global LGBT and Allies network
  • For more information, email Rebecca.Latus@pinsentmasons.com