A comprehensive Equal Opportunity Policy is an essential tool for every organisation. In this, the organisation sets out its commitment to supporting diversity and acknowledging equal opportunity within the organisation.
The Equal Opportunity Policy should cover such areas as sex, race, disability, sexual orientation and religious discrimination. It should also set out the organisation’s approach in relation to age discrimination.
However, a statement of policy is not enough. All of those who are responsible for managing the employment relationship within the organisation require to understand and to implement and police the policy.
In essence, those in managerial positions should demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to supporting diversity.
Leadership in this, as in most things, must come from the top. Management buy-in to the ideas and concepts behind equal opportunities is fundamental.
The best way to achieve this is to ensure that all of those who are responsible for managing the employment relationship, fully understand the concepts of equality and diversity.
What better way to achieve this than by educating managers in an interactive and entertaining way and, more importantly, a way which is relevant to their role within the organisation.
MacRoberts offer such a service with equality and diversity training delivered by specialist employment lawyers who have themselves considerable experience in dealing with equality issues both before Employment Tribunal and as strategic advisers to organisations.
Training methods in this area include role play, case studies and mock hearings (such as mock Employment Tribunals and disciplinary and investigatory hearings).
In 2016, we were one of the first law firms in Scotland to become accredited Living Wage employers.
Shortlisted for Firm of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2022.
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.
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 22301:2019.
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.
We are a member of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI), a UK-based not-for-profit organisation which helps employers build and maintain diverse teams and inclusive cultures through our membership, training, and consultancy services.
In 2022, MacRoberts was awarded enei's Silver TIDEMark. TIDE is enei's self-assessment evaluation and benchmarking tool which measures an organisation's overall approach and progress on diversity and inclusion.
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.
In 2022, MacRoberts received a Bronze Award in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index for our commitment to LGBTQI+ inclusivity in the workplace.
MacRoberts is a longstanding member of Scotland Food & Drink, the leading trade association for Scotland's food and drink industry.
MacRoberts is an Associate Member of SELECT, Scotland's largest construction trade association.