Bates Wells is the first law firm to adopt the Halo Code

The Halo Code explicitly protects employees who come to work with natural hair and protective hairstyles associated with their racial, ethnic, and cultural identities.


Hair discrimination continues to be a source of racial injustice with serious consequences for Black people in the UK.

By adopting the Halo Code, we are proactively taking a stand to ensure that no member of our community faces barriers or judgement because of their Afro-textured hair. We recognise and celebrate our colleagues’ identities. We are a community built on an ethos of equality and respect where hair texture and style have no bearing on an employees ability to succeed.

Read more and join the fight on The Halo Code website.

This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of January 22, 2021.