We take a strict approach to breaches of these policies and any issues will be dealt with in accordance with our Disciplinary Procedures. We ensure that we do not discriminate against or harass other people including current and former employees, job applicants, clients, customers, suppliers and visitors.
This applies in the workplace, outside the workplace, when dealing with customers, suppliers or other work related contacts or on any occasion when a staff member is representing the company.
We also safeguard against the following forms of discrimination:
We have a 75% workforce of women at Oakwood Solicitors that work part time, full time, or flexi-hours to ensure that they achieve a work-life balance with their children, friends and family. This is also highlighted in that 30% of our staff have children.
The Managing Director and entire Board of Directors are female and we are big advocates at Oakwood Solicitors of ensuring that women are given fair and equal opportunities in the work place. We have seen home grown talent go up through the ranks to become solicitors, senior fee earners and Heads of Departments and we are proud of all their accomplishments.
Out of the 65 staff members that responded to the diversity questionnaire, the following information was obtained:
We presently have 20 Solicitors, 1 Costs Lawyer, 25 fee earners and 18 staff in a supporting role such as admin, new claims, accounts and marketing. Of those, 49% fit within the 25 to 34 age bracket and 28% are between 35-44. 85% of staff said that they were heterosexual, with 10% being gay or lesbian or bisexual. 57 staff members went to a UK state-run or funded school, with only 4 going to a UK independent school – as highlighted in the pie chart below.
Staff were asked to clarify what was the highest level of qualification that someone in their household had achieved by the time they were 18. This is shown in the graph below. 44 staff members had family members who did not achieve a qualification above degree level, with 17 going to university.
34 staff members declared that they did not have a religion, compared to 24 Christians, 3 Muslims, 1 Sikh and 1 preferred not to say.
For more information, please visit www.sra.org.uk/diversitydata
Disclaimer: Our Diversity Policy reflects both Oakwood Solicitors and our sister company, Oakwood Property Solicitors.