Cardiff firm become first lawyers in Wales to join national gay equality programme

 
Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice has become the first law firm in Wales to join Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme which promotes and develops good practise for employers.

 

The programme, run by the gay equality charity, promotes a good working environment for all existing and potential employees and helps to ensure equal treatment for those who are lesbian, gay or bisexual.

The firm joins businesses as diverse as Google UK, Sport Wales and Lloyds Banking Group on the programme, which has over 600 members.

‘We are delighted to be the first law firm in Wales to join the Diversity Champions programme’, said Sarah Wyburn, a partner with the Cardiff-based practice.  ‘By joining the programme, we’re sending out a powerful message to potential lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and clients.

‘We were one of the first firms in Wales to provide a specialist service for clients in civil partnerships and same-sex relationships, and we are delighted to be working with Stonewall on this exciting project.

‘By making this commitment to being recognised as an inclusive employer, we hope to attract and retain the best new talent, and will hopefully inspire other local firms to do the same,’ she said.

‘We’re very proud to join the programme and look forward to developing our work around sexual orientation.’

Andrew White, Stonewall Cymru Director said: 'In joining the Diversity Champions programme Wendy Hopkins Family Law has recognised that people perform better when they can be themselves. Our members are forward thinking 21st century employers who want to recruit, recognise, and support the very best. Good employers understand that providing support for all their staff improves their operational effectiveness.'

Notes
1) Stonewall Cymru is the gay equality charity founded in 2003. www.stonewallcymru.org.uk

2) Please use the full name of ‘Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice’ when referring to the law firm.

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