Thursday 3rd December 2020:

Establishing a Diverse, Inclusive Workplace

Including the INCLUSION Law Summit, Construction, Utilities & Engineering D&I Panel, Retail Industry D&I Panel and a concluding panel on reimagining the way we work together.

INCLUSION Law Summit 9am - 1pm

9:00am  GMT

Setting the Tone for the Future
  • Detailing how CILEx is prioritising D&I in the hope of leading the way for law firms across the sector
  • Exploring how legal firms might improve current diversity figures
  • Detailing the pathway to the future

Caroline Jepson, Vice President, CILEx

9:30am  GMT

Case Study: Driving D&I in a Global Law Firm
  • Emphasising the importance of striving for equality on all fronts within the workplace
  • Implementing an effective D&I strategy in the world’s largest law firm
  • Operating across multiple jurisdictions and with a multicultural workforce
  • Recommendations for others to follow

Jay Connolly, Global Chief Talent Officer, Dentons

10:00am  GMT

Fireside Chat: Working Towards a Truly Inclusive Legal Sector
  • An insight into Jenine’s route into the legal profession, career progression and challenges faced
  • What can the sector do to address social mobility issues and encourage those from non-traditional backgrounds into law?
  • How the Cardiff & District Law Society is leading the way in driving D&I in the sector, and what Jenine will be focusing on in her role as Junior VP
  • Why it is so important for the sector to prioritise anti-racism and take further steps towards racial equity
  • What more can be done to support legal professionals returning to work after parental leave?
  • How important a role do law societies play in driving real change?

Jenine Abdo, Head of Children & Public Law, Hutton’s Law, and Junior Vice President and D&I Officer, Cardiff & District Law Society

10:30am  GMT

Case Study: Widening Access to the Bar
  • Our mission to make the access to the Bar as accessible to as many different people as possible
  • Widening access through social mobility initiatives, mini-pupillage schemes and school/university outreach
  • Advantages in widening the pool to include in new perspectives and outlooks

Jo Moore, Barrister and Head of Outreach, 1 Crown Office Row (1COR)

11:00am  GMT

Case Study: Creating an Inclusive Environment for LGBTQ+ lawyers
  • Detailing the Trowers & Hamlins’ global D&I programme so far
  • Sharing the steps that the company has taken to become more LGBTQ+ inclusive
  • Why it is so important that the sector continues to progress in this area

Helen Randall, Senior Partner, Trowers & Hamlins LLP

11:30am  GMT

Advancing Racial Equality in the Legal Profession
  • How BLM has progressed conversations on racial equality within the sector
  • Are there still barriers to BAME lawyers progressing to partner level/QC, and what can we do about this?
  • How can the profession work towards having more visible BAME role models at senior level, in order for the next generation to be able to aspire to and for a career in law to appeal to a diverse range of talent?

Jonathan Achampong, Partner – Residential Property, Wedlake Bell LLP

Legal Sector Panel Discussion

12:00pm – 1:00pm  GMT

Panel Discussion: Increasing Diversity and Opportunity at Law Partnership Level
  • Is there room for diversity at the top of the legal profession?
  • Where are we now and how will we get to where we should be? How accepted is ‘difference’?
  • How effective inclusion can drive this to make real change across the sector

Trevor Sterling, Partner and Head of Major Trauma, Moore Barlow LLP
Michael Costelloe, Chartered Legal Executive, EMG Solicitors
Yaa Dankwa Ampadu-Sackey, Barrister, Clerksroom
Barbara Corbett, Senior Partner, Corbett Le Quesne

Online Exhibition Visit and Networking
Visit INCLUSION's online exhibition and make new connections
1:00pm - 2:00pm GMT

Visit INCLUSION's online exhibition and make new connections

Come and explore our online interactive Diversity & Inclusion exhibition with prizes on offer for all those who make it round all the stands!

    Construction, Utilities & Engineering

    2:00pm  – 3:00pm GMT

    Industry Panel: Increasing Inclusion in Construction, Utilities and Engineering
    • Determining new techniques for educating staff right across the company
    • Reviewing 2020 – how has lockdown affected D&I strategy and certain minority groups? How can we repair the difficulties going forward?
    • Looking ahead to 2021, how can we be effective in moving the needle towards greater diversity and inclusion?
    • What are the greatest priorities in the Construction sector and how can we best measure progress?

    Amos Simbo, Director, Winway Consultants 
    Marion Whitty,
    Head of Talent & Development, Countryside Properties
    Theresa Mohammed, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins, and Chair, National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC)

    3:00pm  – 4:00pm GMT

    Supporting a Neurodiverse Workforce

    Kieran Thompson recently became one of the first people in the UK to qualify as Neurodiversity Aware™, as Cundall works towards its ambition of becoming the most inclusive consultancy in the industry. In his presentation, Kieran will cover:

    • Why the construction industry needs to become more aware of neurodiversity
    • Ways in which employers and individuals can support and empower neurodivergent colleagues
    • How Cundall’s five-year D&I strategy will help the business evolve from one that recognises the business benefits of diversity, to one for which diversity is a fundamental, valued and embedded component of its culture and identity

    Kieran Thompson, Head of Diversity, Talent and Inclusion, Cundall

    INCLUSION 2020 Concluding Panel: The Future of Work

    4:00pm  – 5:00pm GMT

    The Future of Work: Reimagining the Way We Work Together
    • Prioritising fostering a culture of belonging and improving wellbeing in the workplace
    • How can we improve flexible working practices to be more inclusive to wider demographics and include more minorities?
    • Will mobile working and remote working become more prevalent in the future? How will this affect the disabled community and what technologies can we use to support them?
    • What measures and targets should corporations set in place to make sure that everyone is fairly catered for?
    • Where will be in ten years’ time? Setting a vision and devising strategies to turn the best ideas into reality

    Karen Wallace, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, ScotRail Alliance
    Chithra Marsh, Associate Director, Buttress Architects
    Amisha Davda, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, WWF, and D&I Consultant to Breaking Barriers
    Gulnaz Raja, Founder, Legal and Governance Hub

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