We believe that promoting diversity means creating an inclusive work environment where everyone has the opportunity to succeed without obstacles based on their gender, age, marital or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national or ethnic origin, disability, religious beliefs, social or economic background.
We believe diverse companies are better positioned to succeed. People from varying backgrounds can bring a full range of worthwhile ideas and innovations to our working practices and business. Creating an environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work and be respected is important to us.
Waterfront welcomes candidates from different backgrounds – we do not prioritise attendance at top tier universities when processing applications, and we also accept candidates sometimes enter their profession via a variety of routes.
The firm aims to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and treated on the basis of their individual abilities and merits. We therefore take measures, where possible, to anonymise CV’s by removing identifying information, as part of our recruitment process. By way of example, all training contract CV’s submitted to our administrative team have names, age, gender and ethnicity removed by a colleague who will not be involved in the recruitment process, before they are submitted to the partners consideration. This ensures we focus solely upon the role-related merits of each application
We are a niche law firm established by ex-City lawyers who made the choice to move to a more relaxed environment, whilst still wanting to offer an excellent quality of service. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a good work-life balance and we believe in providing a supportive and nurturing environment, to help our lawyers reach their full potential. New employees are treated as part of the team from day one and we strive to promote an exceptionally collaborative and friendly environment. We encourage and support our employees in pursuing activities to help broaden their expertise and grow their own client base.
As required by our regulator, the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority, we collect, report and publish diversity data, usually once a year. As a small firm we find that it can be difficult to publish information without compromising the confidentiality of personal data, and also the proportional representation of some groups can vary hugely if just one person leaves or joins us. Although this means that we are restricted in what we can publish and some of the data has its limitations, the results of our 2021 diversity survey show the following:
Our intention is to continue to monitor diversity every year and consider whether or not further action is required to promote a more diverse and inclusive team.
What we offer our team members
Our Equal Opportunities policy applies to our recruitment and candidate selection. It applies to the terms and conditions of employment at our firm, including payment, promotion, training opportunities, and our approach to every other aspect of employment. You can view a summary of our policy here.
We are always interested to hear from great people who are looking for a different way of life and who feel they might have what it takes to become part of our dedicated team.
If you’re interested in being a part of our team, please contact us on 020 7234 0200; alternatively email us at email@example.com.