Addleshaws picks up two diversity gongs

Addleshaw Goddard has received recognition for its innovative diversity initiatives aimed at promoting female, black, Asian and minority ethnic talent by scooping two separate awards.

The national law firm was the only employer in the legal sector to pick up first prize at the Women of the Future Awards. Addleshaws was recognised for its encouragement of female talent by collecting the Aviva Woman of the Future Corporate Award.

HR director Judith Hardy said: “The world of work is changing, and our clients now rightly expect to see a diverse workforce combined with a forward looking and innovative partnership. We aim to continue to deliver both the highest level of service to our clients and the best opportunities to our people.”

The ceremony was created to celebrate high achieving women under 35 who are inspirational in their profession and to showcase women right across business, industry, the arts and media.

Addleshaws was also Highly Commended in the Widening the Talent Pool category at the Race for Opportunity Awards for its Diversity Access Scheme (DAS). Fellow nominees in the category included Ernst & Young, Pearson, Morgan Stanley and the Welsh Assembly Government.

The DAS offers students from less conventional backgrounds the opportunity of taking part in a summer placement scheme with applications from ethnic minorities, disabled students and those from socially deprived backgrounds particularly encouraged. Of the six students that joined the scheme in 2007, two were offered training contracts. Eight joined the scheme in 2008 and a further two offers have resulted.