At Bates Wells, we’re not the average law firm. We believe that actions speak louder than words. We strive to do the right thing and help our clients to make a positive impact on their people and society.
We encourage everyone to develop, innovate and participate in activities to promote a truly equal, diverse and inclusive environment. Our Diversity & Inclusion Forum (DIF), led by two partners and our HR Director, brings together the elements which make for a diverse and inclusive culture.
Our people are our most important asset and we work to ensure that Bates Wells feels like a safe home. Whether that is through Bates Wellness – our specially trained team dedicated to ensuring that everyone has a positive experience at work to feel valued and supported, or our DIF recruitment and retention group which focuses on recruitment and retention issues across all the DIF areas and beyond, our people are our key focus.
We know that a diverse workplace doesn’t just happen, so we have started to implement steps to help bring about that change. For example, where available in recruitment we use contextual recruitment processes and specific diversity-focused agencies to recruit to meet our goals. We’re also partnered with Diverse Jobs Matter as part of our commitment to increasing representation from underrepresented groups at the firm.