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Diversity at Penningtons Manches Cooper

Penningtons Manches Cooper is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal sector. You can read more about their numerous initiatives below. 

Penningtons Manches Cooper does not only acknowledge that people differ, but believes that a diverse workforce is key to their success. They recognise that people are different in both visible (ethnicity) and non visible ways (sexual orientation), and strive to ensure all job applicants receive equal treatment. Their aim is to attract a vibrant and varied workforce.

EMpower is open to all first year law students and penultimate year non-law students from a Black or ethnic minority background. It was designed as part of a wider commitment to increase the representation of ethnic minorities in the legal sector. The programme provides a unique opportunity for these students to gain application advice, work shadow, build networking skills and understand the culture of the firm. Applications focus on motivations to participate in the programme, but there is no formal interview process.

Penningtons has also joined the Race Fairness Commitment, a number of measures designed to ensure equality in the recruitment of ethnic minorities in the UK. Under the commitment, the firm has pledged to publish yearly data comparing outcomes for white and minority colleagues and candidates in six areas: retention, pay, promotion, belonging, interview and selection. This allows the firm to publicly hold themselves accountable and address inclusion barriers. The firm has also adopted the Halo Code, which champions the right of staff to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. 

The firm is also committed to gender equality in the legal profession, and have signed the Law Society’s Women in Law Pledge. ?Penningtons have pledged to promote gender equality by focusing on accountability for senior leadership, creating specific targets, continuing to refine their gender education plan, removing any sex discrimination to create a culture to be proud of, and ensuring pay, reward and recognition are linked to gender equality targets.

Penningtons have also signed the PRIME commitment, which provides students from low income backgrounds with work experience in law firms across the UK and Ireland. They are also currently working with Speakers for Schools, to provide online work experience and insight events for state school students. 

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