Diversity and Inclusion

We recognise and value that each staff member is unique and brings a different perspective to the firm. 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

  • welcome and respect individual views and experiences for the benefit of colleagues and clients

  • recognise and formalise our existing culture of openness and inclusivity

Our Diversity and Inclusion focus areas are

  • LGBTQ+ - Ensuring that the firm encourages each of us to simply be ourselves irrespective of gender and sexual orientation

  • 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

We were honoured to be one of only four law firms globally named as winner of the first Accenture Outside Counsel Diversity Awards in 2021.

OUTLaw Network

As part of our Pride celebrations this year, we are a proud supported of the OUTLaw Network, which 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.

In 2021 we are delighted to sponsor OUTLaw Pride Musical Bingo.

L to R: Stephen Tunstead, Associate at Mason Hayes & Curran LLP; Chief Justice, Mr Justice Frank Clarke and Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly.