We put our heart into achieving your equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) goals.

The Equality Act 2010 protects people against discrimination, victimisation, and harassment.

It is unlawful to treat someone unfavourably due to their protected characteristics - age, disability, gender reassignment (including gender identity), marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. However, there are exceptions, including for charities and women only organisations.

Our lawyers live and breathe our values. We also champion characteristics that are not protected by the Equality Act such as social mobility and caring responsibilities throughout our approach.

How we help

How we can help your organisation

We help charities, businesses, public bodies, membership bodies and other organisations to comply with their obligations (including as employers) under the Equality Act. We review and draft equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) policies and procedures. We advise on embedding inclusion in all of your activities, particularly where there are competing interests, including advice on lawful positive action. We can also advise on employee disciplinary action and claims against employers.

We undertake reviews for public bodies and large not-for-profit organisations which involve detailed analysis of existing policies, processes, practices and structures. We make robust recommendations for improvements while winning buy-in from key stakeholders.


How we help individuals

Our Employment and Dispute Resolution teams also help with bringing or defending Equality Act complaints and claims by beneficiaries, service users, employees, members, volunteers and other stakeholders.

Our immigration team also provide services specifically tailored to alternative families and LGBT+ individuals.


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Pioneers Post: Philip Kirkpatrick comments on Anglian Water’s purpose-led business model

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EIIP and Bates Wells launch EDT Principles to address legal power imbalance

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