Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity Policy

Smith & Graham complies with the requirements set out in legislation in relation to discrimination. This applies to the firm's dealings with members of the firm and other solicitors, barristers, clients and third parties.

Treatment of Staff

Smith & Graham is committed to promoting equality and diversity in its own policies, practices and procedures as well as in those areas in which it has influence. All members of the firm (which in this policy shall include the firm's employees, partners and any self employed person engaged by the firm) will be informed of this policy and will be provided with equality and diversity training appropriate to their needs and responsibilities. All those who act on the firm's behalf will be informed of this equality and diversity policy and will be expected to pay due regard to it when conducting business on the firm's behalf. In all its dealings, including those with suppliers, contractors, and recruitment agencies, the firm will seek to promote the principles of equality and diversity. The firm will make every effort to reflect its commitment to equality and diversity in its marketing and communication activities.

Treatment of Third Parties

The firm will treat everyone equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect and will not discriminate without lawful cause against any person, nor victimise or harass them on the grounds of their:-

  • race or racial group (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origins);
  • gender including marital status, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity and paternity;
  • sexual orientation including civil partnership status;
  • religion or belief;
  • age;
  • disability or illness.

Protection of Members of Staff and Clients

The firm will take such steps and make such adjustments as are reasonable in all the circumstances in order to prevent any member of the firm and clients from being placed at a substantial disadvantage in comparison with those who are not disabled.

Mindfulness toward Equality and Diversity in Recruitment, Promotion and Disciplinary Actions

In addition to the above, when the firm is dealing with members of the firm this will, for example, include arrangements for recruitment and selection, terms aand conditions of employment, access to training opportunities, access to promotion and transfers, grievance and disciplinary processes, demotions, selection for redundancies, dress code, references, work allocation and any other employment related matters having regard to levels of qualification and experiences.

Clients - Accepting Instructions

The firm is generally free to decide whether to accept instructions for any particular client, but any refusal to act will not be based upon any of the prohibited grounds referred to in paragraph 2. However, the firm will take steps to meet the different needs of particular clients arising from its obligations under the anti-discrimination legislation.

Meeting the diverse needs of our clients and the local community

All staff employed by Smith & Graham will be mindful at all times of meeting the diverse needs of clients and the local communities to the best of their abilities. Staff should consider whether it is appropriate to offer home visits or other special measures to ensure that as many members of the local communities that we serve are able to access our services regardless of their personal circumstances.

Staff should consider at all times that some of our clients may note be literate amd have issues with reading and writing. It should be considered whether it is appropriate in those circumstances to: -

  • send those clients legal documents and/ or reports which they might find confusing and difficult to understand;
  • offer a longer appointment time to enable key documents to be read by the client and fee earner and explained in a manner in which they can understand.

Implementation and Monitoring

In implementing its equality and diversity policy this firm will comply with Rule 6 of the Solicitors' Code of Conduct 2007 and with current and future anti-discrimination legislation and associated codes of practice and any relevant amendments or re-enactments of such legislation and any relevant amendment to such codes or further codes of practice.

Updating this Policy

This policy will be monitored periodically by the firm to evaluate its effectiveness and if any changes are required they will be implemented. The policy will be updated as and when changes in legislation and regulation occur.

Availability

Every member of the firm will receive a copy of this policy and it will be available on request to any client and to the Solicitors' Regulation Authority.

Complaints

The firm will treat seriously and take action where appropriate concerning all complaints of breaches of this policy made by members of the firm, clients, barristers or other third parties. All complaints will be investigated in accordance with the firm's grievance disciplinary and/ or complaints procedures and the complaintant will be informed of the outcome.

 

 

Equality and Diversity Results 2021

Question Response Solicitor partners (sole practitioner / member / director) Solicitor (not partner) Other fee earning role Role directly supporting fee earner Managerial Role IT/ HR/ other corporate services role Barrister Chartered Legal Executive (Fellow) / CILEx Practitioner Licensed Conveyancer Patent or Trade Mark Attorney Costs Lawyer Notary Prefer not to say Invalid Response / no response to this question   Data submitted for: 55519 SMITH & GRAHAM
1. Select the category which best describes your role in the firm   4 2 5 10 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0      
2. Age 16 - 24 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
2. Age 25 - 34 0 0 4 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   Number of non-respondents: 0
2. Age 35 - 44 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   Location of publication: Firm website
2. Age 45 - 54 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
2. Age 55 - 64 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
2. Age 65+ 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
2. Age Prefer not to say 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
2. Age Invalid / no response to this question 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
3. What is your Sex? Male 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0      
3. What is your Sex? Female 0 1 5 10 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
3. What is your Sex? Other preferred description 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
3. What is your Sex? Prefer not to say 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
3. What is your Sex? Invalid / no response to this question 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
4. Is the gender you identify with the same as your sex registered at birth? Yes, gender identity the SAME as sex at birth 4 2 5 10 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0      
4. Is the gender you identify with the same as your sex registered at birth? No, gender identity NOT THE SAME as sex at birth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
4. Is the gender you identify with the same as your sex registered at birth? Prefer not to say 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
4. Is the gender you identify with the same as your sex registered at birth? Invalid / no response to this question 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
4. Is the gender you identify with the same as your sex registered at birth? Question not asked 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
5. Disability (according to Equality Act) Yes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
5. Disability (according to Equality Act) No 4 2 5 10 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0      
5. Disability (according to Equality Act) Prefer not to say 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
5. Disability (according to Equality Act) Invalid / no response to this question 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
6. Day-to-day activities limited due to health problem or disability lasting at least 12 months Yes, limited a lot 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
6. Day-to-day activities limited due to health problem or disability lasting at least 12 months Yes, limited a little 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
6. Day-to-day activities limited due to health problem or disability lasting at least 12 months No 4 2 5 10 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0      
6. Day-to-day activities limited due to health problem or disability lasting at least 12 months Prefer not to say 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
6. Day-to-day activities limited due to health problem or disability lasting at least 12 months Invalid / no response to this question 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Bangladeshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Chinese 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Indian 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Pakistani 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Any other Asian background 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity African 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Caribbean  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Any other Black background 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity White and Asian 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity White and Black African 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity White and Black Caribbean 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Any other Mixed / multiple ethnic background 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity British / English / Welsh / Northern Irish / Scottish 4 2 5 10 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Irish 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Gypsy or Irish Traveller 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Roma 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Any other White background 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Arab 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Any other ethnic group 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Prefer not to say 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
7. Ethnicity Invalid / no response to this question 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
8. Religion or belief No religion or belief 2 1 2 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
8. Religion or belief Buddhist 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
8. Religion or belief Christian 2 1 3 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
8. Religion or belief Hindu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
8. Religion or belief Jewish 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
8. Religion or belief Muslim 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0      
8. Religion or belief Sikh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
8. Religion or belief Any other religion or belief 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
8. Religion or belief Prefer not to say 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
8. Religion or belief Invalid / no response to this question 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
9. Sexual orientation Bi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
9. Sexual orientation Gay/Lesbian 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
9. Sexual orientation Heterosexual 4 2 5 10 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0      
9. Sexual orientation Other preferred description 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
9. Sexual orientation Prefer not to say 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
9. Sexual orientation Invalid / no response to this question 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
10. School type from 11 to 16 State-run or state-funded school - selective on academic, faith or other grounds 0 2 5 2 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0      
10. School type from 11 to 16 State-run or state-funded school - non-selective 4 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
10. School type from 11 to 16 Independent / fee-paying school 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
10. School type from 11 to 16 Independent / fee-paying school, where I received a bursary covering 90% or more of my tuition 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
10. School type from 11 to 16 Attended school outside the UK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
10. School type from 11 to 16 Don't know / not sure 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
10. School type from 11 to 16 Prefer not to say 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
10. School type from 11 to 16 Invalid / no response to this question 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
10. School type from 11 to 16 Question not asked 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
11. Did either of your parents attend university by the time you were 18? No, neither of my parents attended university 0 2 3 6 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0      
11. Did either of your parents attend university by the time you were 18? Yes, one or both of my parents attended university 4 0 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
11. Did either of your parents attend university by the time you were 18? Don't know / not sure 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
11. Did either of your parents attend university by the time you were 18? Prefer not to say 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
11. Did either of your parents attend university by the time you were 18? Invalid / no response to this question 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
11. Did either of your parents attend university by the time you were 18? Question not asked 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
12. Work of the main / highest income earner in your household when you were aged about 14 Modern professional and traditional professional occupations such as: teacher, nurse, physiotherapist, social worker, musician, police officer (sergeant or above), software designer, accountant, solicitor, medical practitioner, scientist, civil / mechanical engineer 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
12. Work of the main / highest income earner in your household when you were aged about 14 Senior, middle or junior managers or administrators such as: finance manager, chief executive, large business owner, office manager, retail manager, bank manager, restaurant manager, warehouse manager 1 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
12. Work of the main / highest income earner in your household when you were aged about 14 Clerical and intermediate occupations such as: secretary, personal assistant, call centre agent, clerical worker, nursery nurse 0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
12. Work of the main / highest income earner in your household when you were aged about 14 Technical and craft occupations such as: motor mechanic, plumber, printer, electrician, gardener, train driver 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
12. Work of the main / highest income earner in your household when you were aged about 14 Routine, semi-routine manual and service occupations such as: postal worker, machine operative, security guard, caretaker, farm worker, catering assistant, sales assistant, HGV driver, cleaner, porter, packer, labourer, waiter/waitress, bar staff 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
12. Work of the main / highest income earner in your household when you were aged about 14 Small business owners who employed less than 25 people such as: corner shop owners, small plumbing companies, retail shop owner, single restaurant or cafe owner, taxi owner, garage owner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0      
12. Work of the main / highest income earner in your household when you were aged about 14 Long term unemployed (claimed Jobseeker's Allowance or earlier unemployment benefit for more than a year) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
12. Work of the main / highest income earner in your household when you were aged about 14 Other, such as: retired, this question does not apply to me, I don't know 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
12. Work of the main / highest income earner in your household when you were aged about 14 Prefer not to say) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
12. Work of the main / highest income earner in your household when you were aged about 14 Invalid / no response to this question 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
12. Work of the main / highest income earner in your household when you were aged about 14 Question not asked 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
13. Primary carer for a child under 18 Yes 0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
13. Primary carer for a child under 18 No 4 1 2 6 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0      
13. Primary carer for a child under 18 Prefer not to say 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
13. Primary carer for a child under 18 Invalid / no response to this question 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
14. Time spent providing unpaid care for those with long term physical or mental ill health caused by disability or age No 4 2 5 10 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0      
14. Time spent providing unpaid care for those with long term physical or mental ill health caused by disability or age Yes, 1 - 19 hours a week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
14. Time spent providing unpaid care for those with long term physical or mental ill health caused by disability or age Yes, 20 - 49 hours a week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
14. Time spent providing unpaid care for those with long term physical or mental ill health caused by disability or age Yes, 50 or more hours a week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
14. Time spent providing unpaid care for those with long term physical or mental ill health caused by disability or age Prefer not to say 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
14. Time spent providing unpaid care for those with long term physical or mental ill health caused by disability or age Invalid / no response to this question 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      

 

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