Equality, diversity and inclusion
Royds Withy King is strongly committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity (ED&I) in our business.
We recently announced the appointment of Bharat Nahar as a new board member to lead this agenda and last year continued the work of our ED&I steering group as part of our drive to improve equality. This includes a committee of colleagues from across the firm with a shared passion for shaping our ED&I journey.
In the spring of 2020, Royds Withy King celebrated a week of ED&I with a series of content from colleagues on various aspects of diversity and inclusion, including religion and LGBT+.
We also piloted the Google initiative #IamRemarkable with great success.
Managing Partner Graham Street said:
“ We are pleased to be recognised for our work in this area as part of our wider commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I). Earlier this month, we announced the appointment of Bharat Nahar as our first ED&I Board Partner. He will champion our ED&I commitment to ensure that equal opportunities and inclusivity are completely embedded within our culture and reflect the make-up of our communities. ”
Royds Withy King is proud to be ranked by The Lawyer as second among UK Top 100 law firms for gender diversity. Of the 213 lawyers at the firm, 64% are female, putting it in second place in The Lawyer’s ‘UK 200: Top 100’ report for 2019 which has just been published.
Amanda Dow, Director of HR at RWK said:
“ We are continually looking at our gender balance to make sure that both men and women feel they have access to the same opportunities, whether that is in business services roles or in senior legal positions. We have recently re-launched our flexible working policy to ensure a fairer and more consistent approach while investing in a robust Learning and Development curriculum, Mentoring Partnerships and our staff-run Gender Equality Network. ”
In addition, Royds Withy King was ranked 9th in The Lawyer’s report for equity partnership gender diversity, with 33% female equity partners and 26th for partnership gender diversity, with 34% female partners overall. The firm has set itself a target of achieving 40% women equity partners by 2025.
Royds Withy King was also named the Best Managed Firm 2019 at the Managing Partners’ Forum Awards. The firm has 516 employees and partners providing a comprehensive range of legal services to businesses and private individuals from their offices in Bath, Oxford, London, Marlborough, Swindon, Bristol and Thame.