Diversity, Wellbeing & Inclusion Social Equality at MacRoberts

Historically, people from underprivileged backgrounds have not been given the chance to excel in the legal profession – we want to help change that.

At MacRoberts, we are committed to challenging perceptions across the sector that the legal profession is better suited to those from privileged backgrounds.

We understand that diversity across all levels of staff, including senior leadership improves organisational performance. We want to appeal to the widest talent pool of potential candidates and are committed to removing the barriers that some groups face in entering, and progressing within, the profession.

The socio-economic sub-group of our committee focuses on ensuring that MacRoberts is open to talent from all economic and social backgrounds. We are members of PRIME which is an alliance of law firms across the UK, committed to improving access to the legal profession by offering work experience to students who have the least available opportunity. It is our aim to provide students who take part in PRIME with valuable work experience which will enable them to eventually become a summer student within MacRoberts and, then, hopefully a trainee.

Whilst things are improving, we know there is plenty more to do. MacRoberts is firmly committed to fostering a diverse workforce within a culture of acceptance and inclusion.

If you have any queries, or want to find out more about this sub-group, please contact People & Development team.

Our Awards & Accreditations

  • In 2016, we became one of the first law firms in Scotland to become Living Wage accredited employers.

  • Winners of Corporate & Commercial Team of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2020.

  • Our Real Estate team won the Property Team of the Year Award at the British Legal Awards in 2018.

  • Winner of SME of the Year at the Scottish SME Awards 2017, hosted by Scottish Business Insider.

  • Highly Commended for Commercial Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016.

  • We are a proud member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, a network of law firms committed to working collaboratively to reduce our environmental impact

  • In 2019, MacRoberts achieved Cyber Essentials Plus certification, a UK Government entry-level information security standard. 

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management, the most widely recognised quality management system standard in the world.

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO14001:2015 certification for Environmental Management, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to environmental awareness.

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO27001:2013 certification for Information Security, an internationally recognised security gold standard.

  • Business continuity is a critical element of the Business Management System at MacRoberts and we hold full accreditation with the ISO 22301:2012.

  • MacRoberts is a member of IP Inclusive, a network of intellectual property professionals working to make our community more equal, diverse and inclusive.

  • We are active members of the PRIME Programme – an organisation that focuses on ensuring a career in law is open to talent from all economic and social backgrounds.

  • MacRoberts supports the Scottish Business Pledge, a values-led partnership between Government and business that is based on boosting productivity and competitiveness through fairness, equality and sustainable employment.

  • We are supporters of the Partnership for Change, a network of organisations and individuals who share a common ambition to improve diversity on boards and in senior leadership.

  • MacRoberts is a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to disability equality across our firm.

  • MacRoberts fully supports flexible working practices and supports family-friendly working practices.

  • MacRoberts became a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme in 2018.

  • MacRoberts is a member of The Glass Network, Scotland's organisation for LGBT+ allied legal professionals.
  • MacRoberts is a longstanding member of Scotland Food & Drink, the leading trade association for Scotland's food and drink industry.