Diversity and Inclusion
At Mason Hayes & Curran, we recognise and value that each staff member is unique and brings a different perspective to the firm and all of our employees have a role to play in embracing a culture of diversity and inclusion. As part of this, the firm has a Diversity Committee consisting of staff members from different areas across the firm. The goals of the committee are to acknowledge and respect diversity and inclusion within the firm, to welcome and respect individual views and experiences for the benefit of colleagues and clients and to recognise and formalise our existing culture of openness and inclusivity.
Our focus areas are:
Culture & background - Creating a firm where race, religion, ethnicity, experience and culture are appreciated for the different perspectives they bring.
Disability - Understanding that disability includes both physical and mental health, and providing support to those that need it.
Families - Recognising and understanding that our staff have responsibilities to their partners, parents, siblings and children.
Gender - Creating and sustaining a truly equal and gender balances firm with equal opportunities for all.
LGBT+ - Ensuring that the firm encourages each of us to simply be ourselves irrespective of gender and sexual orientation.
Gender Pay Gap Reporting
All’s Fair? In-House Counsel and Gender Parity
The majority of both male and female in-house lawyers in Ireland believe that the main cause of the gender pay gap is the role of family carer falling mainly to women instead of men. This was among the key findings of research carried out among in-house counsel in Ireland by Mason Hayes & Curran. Now in its second year, the survey was carried for the first time in 2018 amongst female in-house lawyers. This year both male and female lawyers are included.
4th Gender and Diversity in Aviation Survey 2019
We have released the results of our annual Gender & Diversity in Aviation Survey. This is the fourth year of the survey, and the 2019 results have revealed an industry where female employees and those from minority groups are still struggling to progress to senior leadership positions.
International Women's Day 2019
Christine O'Donovan, Partner & Head of International Asset Finance along with Sinéad Power, Partner on our Commercial Litigation team, mark International Women's Day 2019 and the work that the Diversity and Inclusion Committee do in Mason Hayes & Curran.
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019
To mark Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019, Rory O'Sullivan-Hennessy and Emma Creaven discuss why the Irish language is important to them.
OUTLaw Network Launch Event 2019
OUTLaw Network was formally launched in January 2019 at an event held at the National Gallery of Ireland. The launch was attended by over 250 members of the Irish legal community, most notably the Chief Justice, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, Ms Justice Marie Baker, the President of the Law Society of Ireland, Mr Patrick Dorgan and Ken Murphy, Director General of the Law Society and Micheál P O'Higgins SC, President of the Bar Council. Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly gave a short address.
OUTLaw’s mission is to promote and drive the inclusion of LGBT+ people across the Irish legal community. Its objectives include bringing together LGBT+ colleagues and allies across the Irish legal sector to foster an environment of inclusion, build their professional networks, avail of career and leadership development opportunities and to promote Ireland’s legal profession as a destination of choice for LGBT+ people in Ireland.
L to R: Stephen Tunstead, Trainee at Mason Hayes & Curran; Chief Justice, Mr Justice Frank Clarke and Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly.
The Firm's International Day 2018