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Hogan Lovells launches first of its kind transgender policy to help support lawyers and staff

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It’s part of the global giant’s “commitment to gender identity equality”

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Hogan Lovells has launched a unique transgender workplace policy to ensure transitioning lawyers and staff are given adequate guidance and support.

The new policy — which is believed to be the first of its kind implemented by a City firm — “outlines guidelines for transitioning gender in the workplace” and offers information on what resources and guidance Hogan Lovells can offer.

According to the firm, it is now in a position to provide “confidential support” for transitioning individuals as well as practical tips for colleagues.

As part of Hogan Lovells’ “commitment to gender identity equality”, it will offer “advice on communicating to colleagues and clients — both in terms of education and employing appropriate language.”

The firm — which has 60 offices across the globe — also revealed that several members of staff within its human resources, recruitment and client teams had undergone “transinclusion training.”

Commenting on the introduction of the new 11-page policy, Ruth Grant, chair of Hogan Lovells’ diversity and inclusion committee, said:

Inclusion and wellbeing are at the core of who we are. We recognise that our success as a global firm depends on our ability to attract and retain the brightest, and to foster a work environment where people of all backgrounds and experiences can reach their full potential.

Continuing, Grant — who was the 2016 winner of the Law Society’s Woman Lawyer of the Year award — said:

Recognising the qualities and strengths required throughout the transitioning process, we are committed to supporting our people who wish to transition and to ensuring that their work and personal wellbeing are maintained throughout their transition.

The policy comes just days after the Law Society launched fresh guidance on working with transgender employees. The new practice note offers advice on terminology, the law relating to transgender employees and practical requirements regarding dress code and toilet facilities.