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We believe that talent comes in many forms. Fostering a diverse workforce enables us to attract and retain the best, brightest and broadest range of talent.

Creating an inclusive environment where people are encouraged to reach their full potential enables us to harness the unique perspectives and experiences of our staff to provide innovative solutions to our clients. As part of William Fry’s commitment to Diversity & Inclusion, we have appointed Brian O’Callaghan and Catherine O’Flynn  as D&I Partners. In this role, they meet regularly to consider different aspects of diversity and inclusion and monitor and review our policies and practices to ensure we are acting in line with our values of Big Thinking, Energetic Engagement and Powerfully Principled.

diversiFRY

diversiFry is William Fry’s staff support network. The aim is to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion within the firm.

We have a steering committee made up of staff volunteers from across the firm who work together with our HR and Learning & Development teams to provide staff with workshops and seminars aimed at increasing inclusivity as well as development opportunities and policies that support people achieving their full potential.

Some of the key initiatives include:

  • Role Model Lunches
  • Mentorship Programme
  • Maternity & Paternity Coaching
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Staff Survey
  • Unconscious Bias Training
  • Employee Assistance Programme

We are currently working with the Irish Centre for Diversity to gain a deeper understanding of the experience of our staff and our diversity and inclusion statistics which will help drive our efforts moving forward.

There are many opportunities to support diversity and inclusion outside of the firm and we are proud to collaborate and support various organisations and networks that provide our staff and clients with opportunities to develop and grow, including the 30% Club, the Professional Women’s Network and the OUTLaw Network.

Through our Social Impact+ pro bono programme, we are proud to support social enterprises, like Dress for Success Dublin and Aspire Productions, as they address critical diversity & inclusion issues in our community.

Access to the workplace is critical for diversity in the workplace. We work with the Trinity Access Programme and DCU Access Programme to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds who want to pursue a career in law. We also offer opportunities for local students from DEIS schools to participate in our TY programme.

We are also proud members of Open Doors initiative which seeks to provide opportunities to some of the marginalised members of our society; specifically:

  • Refugee, asylum seekers and non-native English speakers;
  • Young people under 25 with educational barriers; and
  • People with a disability

Our Diversity & Inclusion Partners

William Fry has published its Gender Pay Gap report for the second year, in compliance with the Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021.

The Regulations require organisations to report on their gender pay gap based on a snapshot date in June 2023. The gender pay gap is not the same thing as equal pay for equal work, but instead measures the difference between the gross hourly wage of males and the gross hourly wage of females across an entire organisation.

In this year’s report, we share the progress we have made and our plans and commitments for the year ahead. Meaningful and sustained change takes time. We know we still have work to do and are committed to improving our gender balance through ongoing actions and new commitments. As a signatory of the Women in Finance Charter Ireland, William Fry has committed to achieving a 40:60 female: male gender balance in our senior leadership roles by 2028.

Click here to read the full report for 2023.