Fairweathers’ Diversity & Equality Survey 2015

As a firm regulated by the SRA, we are required to collect, report and publish workforce diversity data about the diversity make-up of our workforce.

The Firm is committed to recruiting, retaining and developing a workforce that reflects at all levels the diverse communities that we serve.  It is important that we monitor and analyse diversity information so that we can ensure that our HR processes are fair, transparent, promote equality of opportunity for all staff, and do not have an adverse impact on any particular group.

Each year, we ask all our staff to take part in an anonymous diversity survey (without any legal or regulatory obligation) with questions provided by the SRA.  In September 2015, we surveyed our 15 staff, 100% of whom responded.  An overview of the results is below.






Role within firm:


Role Solicitor (sole practitioner, partner, member or director) Solicitor Other fee earning role Role directly supporting a fee earner Managerial role IT/HR/other corporate services role PNTS*


7% 40% 14% 27% 6% 6% 0


Ownership and supervisory responsibilities within the firm:


Role Sole practitioner, partner, member or director of the firm Associate or Assistant Other employee or staff member PNTS*


7% 27% 66% 0


Shares in ownership of the firm Yes No PNTS*   Responsibility for supervising or managing other employees Yes No PNTS*


7% 93% 0   Results 47% 53% 0




Age 16 – 24 25 – 34 35 – 44 45 – 54 55 – 64 65+ PNTS*


13% 13% 33% 40% 0 0 0


Gender Male Female   Disability Disabled No Disability PNTS*
Results 20% 80%


  Results 0 100% 0


Ethnicity White Mixed/Multiple Ethnic Group PNTS*
Results 100%


0 0


Level of Education:


Education Primary/Secondary UK State School UK fee-paying school Non-UK school PNTS*
Results 87%


0 0 13%


Higher Education University 1st generation University – not 1st generation Did not attend university PNTS*
Results 40%


27% 27% 6%


Caring Responsibilities:


Caring responsibilities – children Primary carer Not primary carer PNTS*


53% 47% 0


Caring responsibilities – others None 1 – 19 hours per week 20 – 49 hours per week 50+ hours per week PNTS*


100% 0 0 0 0


PLEASE NOTE: we have not published data collected relating to sexual orientation or religious belief as these categories are exempt from the requirement to publish.


* PNTS – preferred not to say