"As the outgoing chair of the Board for Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP (ACS), it has been my privilege to have had Board responsibility for our equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) agenda over the last year.

Our recent success in winning Law Firm of the Year (Independents) at The Lawyer Awards 2021 is in part due to our truly diverse and inclusive culture. In our recent internal engagement survey, we were delighted to see that diversity scored as the highest of all 60 categories, with 94% agreeing that they feel they are treated fairly regardless of position or any protected characteristics.

I am proud that we have delivered on last year’s commitment to sign the Women in Law pledge, and are making good progress with our ongoing targets to improve gender diversity across the firm, particularly at senior and leadership levels. Many thanks to our ED&I committee for driving us towards our targets.

Our firm’s gender pay gap (GPG) has remained mostly static when comparing this year to last. This was due to no usual annual salary review or profit share allocations during the reporting period, due to the impact of Covid-19. 

Our gaps were affected by starters and leavers, some promotions and other minor reward variables. We are pleased to see that our GPG for all our qualified and non-qualified fee earners remains low. Closing our GPG further is our long-term endeavour to which we continue to be wholly committed. 

We remain cautious about our ethnicity pay gap (EPG) reporting accuracy, with a slight increase from last year's report - 76% of our workforce. We are determined to improve participation to ensure we have more accurate data to analyse and although it is still relatively low, we note that our EPG has unfortunately increased.

We are never complacent about any of our pay gaps, and there is far more we plan to do. Our commitments going forward include signing a race fairness pledge in the coming year and ensuring that both access to the firm and career progression within the firm are equally accessible to all, with support available particularly to under-represented groups. I am confident we are taking the right steps to deliver these important commitments."

Helen Tucker, partner, Board chair and ED&I representative

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Helen Tucker, partner, Board chair and ED&I representative

Helen Tucker, partner, Board chair and ED&I representative