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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 partner Daniel Gerring makes OUTstanding and the FT's 2016 list of 100 leading LGBT executives

Travers Smith LLP is delighted to announce that its partner Daniel Gerring has been included in 2016 OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ & Ally Executive List, presented by the Financial Times.

The prestigious list, instigated by OUTstanding, a professional membership organisation for global businesses, focuses on high performing individuals, who have made an exceptional contribution to promoting LBGT+ and its inclusion in the workplace and society. Those on the list were nominated by peers and colleagues and selected by a judging panel who scored the nominees’ seniority and influence of their role as well as their business achievements.

Travers Smith’s Daniel Gerring is one of only eight lawyers included in the list this year. He is the firm’s champion of LGBT equality, Chair of the firm’s LGBT+ network and a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion more broadly. Throughout his career Daniel has worked tirelessly on a wide range of initiatives aimed at creating a more inclusive workplace for LGBT people, as well as their allies.

Some of Daniel’s key achievements this year include:

  • Instigating a partnership with the Police and Stonewall in the wake of the Orlando shootings to design an innovative new campaign aimed at promoting safety at Pride and other LGBT events.
  • Supporting the launch of Freebar, a new professional LGBT networking group for barristers and those working in their chambers.
  • Developing Travers Smith's CSR Art Programme, which this year showcases work aimed at promoting LGBT inclusion.
  • Supporting the roll-out of Stonewall's 'Rainbow Laces’ campaign at Travers Smith, through which members of the firm's many sports teams 'lace up for equality’ to show their support for LGBT inclusion.
  • Being selected as a founding member of the new Law Society National LGBT Committee for the legal profession.
  • Providing a variety of support for a number of LGBT organisations, including Stonewall, The Albert Kennedy Trust, Just Like Us and The RVT.

As Travers Smith’s CSR Partner, Daniel recently founded and now sponsors the firm's CSR Art Programme, an innovative project aimed at supporting graduate artists from the firm's local community. The programme now incorporates a space dedicated to promoting diversity & inclusion and CSR and currently includes a photographic series by an LGBT artist which illustrates 'coming out' stories of LGBT people living and working in Cumbria. 

Daniel is a passionate proponent of pro bono activities and has recently led a small team of Travers Smith lawyers to create a new charity Refugees at Home, aimed at supporting refugees and asylum seekers entering the UK.  Since its launch last year the charity has provided over 5,500 nights of accommodation for vulnerable people, including LGBT asylum seekers, entering the UK. Travers Smith’s work supporting Refugees at Home was recently awarded the 'Law in the Community/Pro Bono Award' at the 2016 Halsbury Legal Awards.

Daniel is a partner at City law firm Travers Smith. He is the Head of the firm’s highly regarded Pensions Department, which advises clients on funds with in excess of £90bn of assets, providing pensions to hundreds of thousands of people.

Travers Smith's Senior Partner Chris Hale commented: "Many congratulations to Daniel for winning this important accolade, which is richly deserved. He has been an effective advocate for LGBT equality, both within Travers Smith and beyond, and has contributed immensely to the firm's inclusive culture."

Daniel Gerring added: "It is a great honour to be included in this list, alongside such an impressive group of LGBT leaders.  The wide range of work undertaken by all of those here remains as relevant and important as ever and I am pleased to be able to play my part."

                      

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