Diversity at HFW
HFW is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal sector. Here is more information on their efforts.
HFW are committed to ensuring that everyone who works at the firm feels respected and welcomed, no matter their background. The firm has pledged that by 2023, women will account for at least 40% of all senior lateral hires and internal promotions.
HFW has a number of employee networks that provide opportunities for colleagues to share their experiences and to input into the development of initiatives aiming to promote a more inclusive culture.
HFW have also pledged to increase the ethnic diversity of their trainee intake, and have worked with Aspiring Solicitors to meet this goal. HFW have their own work experience programme aimed at students from low income backgrounds who are interested in a law career, also providing them with CV and interview training and networking opportunities.
The firm also has several initiatives in place aimed at increasing awareness of the barriers to inclusion faced by underrepresented groups. There have been a variety of events covering a range of topics including; colourism, trans awareness, racism, menopause awareness. HFW has created a policy for those who transition at work, and allies of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to show their support with cards, stickers, badges and flags. HFW has also recently published a menopause policy and is lining up more bespoke support for women going through the menopause.
In addition to these measures, HFW has organised a variety of different events to celebrate cultural and religious festivals. Previous years have seen Diwali and Hanukkah celebrations, with those who celebrate bringing in food and teaching others about the history of the holiday. Black History Month has been celebrated with a musical performance and a Caribbean cooking class.