POCOCK’S SOLICITORS OF WHITSTABLE
EQUALITY & DIVERSITY POLICY – JULY 2012

Policy issued under Principle 9 of the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority Principles 2011.

“To run your business or carry out your role in the business in a way that encourages equality of opportunity and respect for diversity.”

This Policy does not affect, nor form part of the contractual relationship between the Firm and any of its staff or partners. This Policy does not apply to any part of this Practice outside England and Wales.

1. The Firm’s Commitment

This Firm declares it commitment to the principles of equality and diversity and to observing legislative requirements relating to discrimination and promoting equality and diversity. This applies to the Firm’s professional dealings with staff and partners, other solicitors, barristers, clients and third parties.

We will not, in our professional dealing with employees, partners, members, directors, barristers, other lawyers, clients or third parties, discriminate without lawful cause against any person, nor victimise or harass them on the grounds of:

(a) race or racial group (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins);

(b) sex (including marital status, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity and paternity);

(c) sexual orientation (including civil partnership status);

(d) religion or belief;

(e) age; or

(f) disability.

We will take such steps and make such adjustments as are reasonable, in all the circumstances, in order to prevent any of our employees, partners, members, directors or clients who are disabled, from being placed at a substantial disadvantage in comparison with those who are not disabled.