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Diversity at Sharpe Pritchard

Find out why diversity is important to Sharpe Pritchard and the firm's initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.

Sharpe Pritchard is keen to ensure that the firm’s employees reflect the diverse community that it serves, and that everyone can bring their authentic selves to work. They believe that diversity is not just the right thing to do, but also results in employees bringing a range of skills, experiences and perspectives to the workplace. 

Although Sharpe Pritchard is well ahead in terms of gender equality, and has achieved gender balance in partnership for a number of years, they are keen to do even better. The firm encourages applicants from all sections of the community, regardless of who they are. This is reflected in the firm’s diverse culture, with 69% of their team state school educated and 55% of their partners being female. 

To support their employees even further, Sharpe Pritchard has a number of diversity initiatives in place. These include: mandatory annual equality and unconscious bias training, monitoring and reporting their diversity data and having an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion forum which aims to promote an inclusive culture. 

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Forum

The EDI Forum comprises of a cross-section of representatives who aim to promote social mobility, equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the firm. The Forum will foster equal opportunity for all irrespective of gender identity, sexuality, race, religion, social background, ethnicity or visible or invisible disability.

Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter

We are a signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter, as part of which we monitor and report on our diversity data.



Sharpe Pritchard are part of the NOTICED network. NOTICED is the UK’s first inter law firm diversity network aimed at promoting networking opportunities to integrate, celebrate and educate on diversity across the legal sector. 

The Sutton Trust, PRIME and ROK

Sharpe Pritchard partners with The Sutton Trust, PRIME and ROK that offer work experience and learning opportunities to sixth form students who are from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

10,000 Black Interns programme

Sharpe Pritchard support the 10,000 Black Interns programme. We have had two interns from this network, and one of them who joined us as a trainee in September 2023!

10,000 Able Interns programme 

Sharpe Pritchard support the 10,000 Able Interns programme. Our first intern through this programme will join us on a 6 week work experience programme in the summer of 2024.

Neurodiversity in business

We are a corporate member of Neurodiversity in Business, a forum and industry group for organisations to share industry good practice on ND recruitment, retention and empowerment. 

Disability Confident Employer

Sharpe Pritchard are a Disability Confident Committed Employer. Disability Confident is creating a movement of change, it is a unique opportunity to lead the way in our community, and offer adjustments to increase access to work. 

Neurodiversity In Business (NiB)

Sharpe Pritchard are a member of the Neurodiversity in Business (NiB). NiB is a business-led forum functioning as an industry group for organisations to share industry good practice on ND recruitment, retention and empowerment. The vision is to foster a corporate environment where neurodivergent people are understood and form an invaluable part of the work culture.

LeGal Best

Sharpe Pitchard are part of the LeGal Best network. LeGal BesT is an LGBTQ+ network for law firms who believe that they can achieve more together. Some recent events that SP have attended include the ‘Queer Britain Event’ to increase our knowledge and understanding of LGBTQ+ history. 

Halo Code

We are proud to have developed The Halo Code. Our workplace champions the right of staff to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black employees’ racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious identities, and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance. In this workplace, we recognise and celebrate our colleagues’ identities. We are a community built on an ethos of equality and respect where hair texture and style have no bearing on an employee’s ability to succeed.


Mean Gender Pay Gap -2% 

Ethnic Minority Solicitors – 13%

Ethnic Minority Employees – 22%

Disabled Solicitors - 9%

Disabled Employees – 10%

LGBTQ+ employees – 10%

Female Employees – 68%

State school educated - 69% 

Employees with flexible working patterns - 16% 




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