Pippa Bavington Diversity & Inclusion - What Does This Mean Within Giles Wilson?

Diversity & Inclusion - what does this mean within Giles Wilson?

With the firm’s recent award for diversity and inclusion, I believe I read the report in The Law Society Gazette recently about a leading GC’s support for quotas to increase diversity within the legal profession with more interest than I may usually have.

General Counsel Rosemary Martin is said to have encouraged the introduction of quotas to “force” positive change. I cannot agree with this – Giles Wilson Solicitors has never “forced” diversity. It has instead happened naturally, by Giles Wilson’s open approach to recruitment and positive encouragement of internal growth and individual development.

Further, I really cannot see merit in “compulsory diversity” – it just simply isn’t natural. I am no sociologist, but would at least hope to believe there are more reasons than discrimination for any lack of diversity within the profession (perhaps being a little old fashioned, I am still under the impression, for example, that many women will choose family over furthering a career).

I would have to agree with Dame Janet Gaymer, who pointed out that the important thing is ensuring the right person is hired for the job – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, etc. I believe that is what Giles Wilson Solicitors has managed to achieve – on the face of it, no, we are not particularly “diverse” in perhaps the sense that most of us today think of, but I do believe that the policy of choosing staff on the basis that they are suited to the job and providing the opportunity for individuals to develop on merit is more encouraging of diversity and inclusion than forcing numbers of particular “groups” of society. 


Awards & Recognitions

The expertise of our solicitors is regularly recognised by some of the profession’s most distinguished organisations. As well as being a member of a number of Law Society schemes, we have won awards at the Law Society Excellence Awards, the Halsbury Legal Awards and the Modern Law Awards. We have also received recognition in the form of the Lexcel mark of quality, a Legal 500 listing and a place on the shortlist of The Lawyer’s Boutique Firm of the Year.

Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson