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 its 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
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.
In line with government and NHS guidelines we are having to adapt our current working practices so as to mitigate as far as possible the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak.
This may mean that members of staff will be required to work from home, and we are making arrangements to facilitate this eventuality so that your matter is progressed with as little disruption as possible.
Nevertheless it is inevitable that there may be slight delays in our returning telephone calls etc and we would ask that you bear with us during this difficult time.
To assist us and indeed you, we are asking clients and other visitors to avoid attending the office if at all possible.
Please contact the fee earner responsible for your matter for further guidance. Please be assured that Pocock’s will endeavour to progress matters so far as possible at this time.