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HEAD OF TRAVERS SMITH LAW FIRM’S LGBT NETWORK TALKS EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE

The myGwork team met Daniel Gerring, Partner & Head of Pensions and Chair of LGBT+ network at Travers Smith and discussed what it means to be an advocate for diversity.

Daniel is recognised as one of the country’s leading pensions lawyers and advises on all aspects of pensions law, acting for trustees and employers as well as parties to corporate activity. He was ranked in the OUTstanding list of Top 100 Leading LGBT+ Executives by the Financial Times in 2016, and is also listed as one of the Top 10 “Inspirational LGBT+ Leaders” at this year’s British LGBT Awards. He is actively involved with the work of a range of charities and not for profit organisations, and led his firm’s work on corporate social responsibility until he took on his role as Head of Pensions in 2017.

Even though the term role model can make the modest lawyer feel uncomfortable at times, he is a dedicated and passionate advocate for LGTB+ equality, and for diversity and inclusion more broadly.

“Creating a diverse and inclusive culture is a key business priority for Travers Smith. With strong support from partners and other senior leaders at the firm, we have an ambitious and progressive programme of initiatives aimed at fostering a more LGBT+ inclusive workplace by driving change at organisational and individual levels.”

The firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident by its actions. From extending staff benefits to introducing a trans-inclusive dress code policy, the firm is committed to creating a fully inclusive workplace, to ensure LGBT individuals can be themselves and reach their full potential. Its work in this area was recently recognised by Stonewall, where the firm features in their Top 100 LGBT inclusive employers list.

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Travers Smith recognised as top LGBT inclusive employer

Travers Smith LLP is delighted to announce its ranking in Stonewall's list of the Top 100 LGBT inclusive employers.

Compiled from submissions to Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to create an inclusive workplace, this year's list is the most competitive to date, with over 430 submissions from across a variety of sectors.

Travers Smith is ranked at 58th place and is also one of the top law firms in the 2017 list.

Securing a place in the Top 100 requires employers to develop innovative ways of working to ensure that their workplace is as LGBT inclusive as possible.

The firm has recently delivered a number of initiatives aimed at promoting LGBT inclusion, including:

  • Instigating a partnership with the police and Stonewall in the wake of the Orlando shooting to design an innovative campaign aimed at promoting safety at Pride and other LGBT events.
  • Running a session on authentic leadership with leading LGBT executives from across The City, in partnership with Stonewall.
  • Supporting the launch of Freebar, a new professional LGBT networking group for barristers and those working in their chambers
  • Developing the firm's CSR Art Programme which, this year, showcases work aimed at promoting LGBT inclusion.
  • Rolling out Stonewall's 'Rainbow laces' campaign to Travers Smith's sports teams and beyond.
  • Providing support for a number of LGBT organisations including The Albert Kennedy Trust, Just Like Us and the RVT, as well as providing extensive pro bono legal support to Stonewall.

In October 2016, Daniel Gerring, partner and Chair of the Travers Smith LGBT+ network, was also ranked at number 50 in OUTstanding and the Financial Times' 2016 list of 100 Leading Global LGBT Executives. In addition, Daniel was selected as a founding member of the new Law Society National LGBT Committee, representing the interest of LGBT solicitors across England and Wales. 

Daniel Gerring said: "2016 was a momentous year for LGBT inclusion. Although there was much to celebrate, there were serious setbacks too, not least the terrible shootings in Orlando, reminding us that the battle towards full inclusion is far from over. I am especially proud of what we achieved this year in supporting not only our own LGBT people and their allies, but also other LGBT communities across the UK and beyond. We are delighted that this work has been recognised by Stonewall, and by the FT/OUTstanding, and we look forward to an equally effective 2017".

Travers Smith's work on LGBT inclusion is part of its wider diversity and inclusion programme, which last year saw the launch of its Be a Game Changer initiative, which aims to harness the power of sport to build diverse and collaborative teams.

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Travers Smith is an award-winning, full-service law firm with a phenomenal reputation relative to its size. The firm excels in each of its practice areas and routinely wins headline-grabbing work from an enviable list of clients. Defined by its independence, commercial insight, progressive thinking and entrepreneurial spirit, the firm is one which treats people with respect, allowing them to conduct business in the most effective way for its clients. 

For more information, visit our website. 

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LGBT+ group

The group is an open and inclusive network for members of the LGBT community as well their friends and allies. It provides a welcoming and supportive space for people to discuss issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity

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Daniel.gerring@traverssmith.com

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Travers Smith (Daniel Gerring, partner)

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