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International diversity and inclusion

At Eversheds Sutherland, the case for diversity and inclusion (D&I) is clear, it underpins our values and purpose. We recognize that having diverse talent across our business brings many benefits and that a culture of inclusion, where each person feels able to be their true self at work and reach their full potential, is key.

Within Eversheds Sutherland International we have five people networks:

  • Gender network
  • Perspective (LGBTQ+ and Allies
  • Verve (Race and Ethnicity)
  • Ability network (Disability and Carers)
  • Multi-Faith Forum

All our networks are open to all our employees and partners, and we encourage allies to get involved.

Our D&I strategy is a core element of our people strategy and business strategy. Our Inclusion Council, chaired by our D&I Partner Sponsor (Claire Carroll), and with representation from across Practice Groups, regional offices and network groups, meets each quarter to discuss D&I issues and help inform our strategic direction.

We work with external specialist organisations to support our D&I progress. Our memberships include the Business Disability Forum, Stonewall, Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI), Business in the Community (BITC) and WorkLife Central.

See more of our D&I stories and activities on social media: LinkedIn and Twitter .

Awards, Recognition and Commitments

We are proud of the progress we have made in building a more diverse and inclusive culture at Eversheds Sutherland:

  • in 2022 we were ranked among The Times Top 50 Employers for Women , a position held for over 15 years
  • we are a signatory to The Law Society’s Women in Law pledge
  • we signed up to the Menopause Workplace Pledge in 2022
  • we are a signatory to the Race at Work Charter , and are a champion partner of the BITC’s race equality campaign
  • in 2021 we adopted the Halo Code , recognising the right of staff to embrace all Afro-hairstyles and celebrating our colleagues’ individual racial, ethnic, religious and cultural identities
  • we are a signatory to the Hong Kong Racial Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Charter since 2022
  • we have been ranked as a Stonewall Top 100 Employer , recognising our progress on LGBTQ+ equality, for over 13 years. In 2022 we were ranked 18 and received a Gold award
  • we are a founding member of Prime , working to improve access to and socio-economic diversity within the legal profession
  • we were awarded the Hong Kong LGBT+ Silver Inclusion award in 2021
  • we are a Disability Confident Employer and a signatory to The Valuable 500 .
  • we have been a Top 75 Employer in the Social Mobility Employer Index since 2017, and were ranked 21 in 2022
  • we are signatories to: the Charte de la Diversité (France), Charta der Vielfalt (Germany), Diversity Charter Ireland and Charter of the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (Belgium)

Our international diversity and inclusion targets

We have set targets at an international and/or local level to help bring the necessary focus and accountability to our D&I approach. Performance against these targets is kept under continuous review.

Our targets include:

  • 35% female partners by 2027
  • 10% ethnic minority UK partners by 2025
  • 14% ethnic minority colleagues within the UK (employees and partners) by 2022

For any questions on diversity and inclusion within Eversheds Sutherland International, please email