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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.

31 Comments

Anonymous

HL’s Business services clearly have too much time on their hands.

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Trumpenkrieg

I don’t think that the professional bodies if aircraft engineers and oil rig workers has issued any guidance for working with “trans gender” employees. It’s only the paper shuffling jobs employing “knowledge workers” that seems to obsess this stuff

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Anonymous

*slow handclap*

Well done Hogan Lovells. Classic piece of virtue signalling there. Now we all know just what a brilliant company you are.

Stellar job!

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Anonymous

What’s the problem? Is there any way they could have done this without being accused of “virtue signalling”?

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Anonymous

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St George

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Yahweh

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St George

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Yahweh

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Yahweh

O ve! They have now banned St George of England! But then he wasn’t English

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Trumpenkrieg

It’s a Shoah, I tell you!

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Honesty is the best policy

I hear Irwin Mitchell is paying bonuses to staff to be honest about their inclinations and give the firm some kudos in relation to such issues.

The only kudos it will ever have.

It’s worth it – each bonus is £50, which is more than a week’s wage.

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St. Edmund, the true patron saint of England

Honesty is indeed the best policy . I am grateful to LC for banning these foreign interlopers . Now may we hold more pleasant discourse on why clients would be interested in instructing a ‘transitioning’ lawyer?

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Anonymous

Why wouldn’t they?

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Anonymous

Why has trans gender suddenly become such a desperately PC subject…?

It must affect a minute % of the population, and yet these folks seem to obsess about it.

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Phil McPipe

It’s one of those really difficult ones for otherwise right-on liberal/left feminists too.

Many such women don’t feel comfortable with the idea of a person with a penis but wearing a dress using their toilet facilities.

One such woman known to me was extremely conflicted about the issue, usually expressing all of the “right” (ie what the right-wing call PC) views on things, but couldn’t cope with the idea of pre-op trans people using the loo next to her.

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Anonymous

How does your friend know whether the person in the cubicle next to her has had surgery?

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Anonymous

Who’s obsessing? The firm issued a policy. That’s literally all. It might make a big difference to a small number of people, at no cost to you. Why the criticism?

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Ziggy the Zebra

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Anonymous

Grow up. FFS.

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Grow up

Such a stupid comment. Not at all in any way a valid – or sensitive – analogy to the topic in question.

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Anonymous

Oh, grow a pair!

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Anonymous

One very large North West firm is already dealing with a situation such as this if the rumours are true. At a senior level too.

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Oompa Loompa

Yes, very true. And no-one cares (apart from hoping the person is happy, of course).

That’s how it should be.

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Swansea llb

As a Swansea LLb student, I look forward to getting a TC offer from Hogan Lovells only to reject them because I am too good for them hahahah

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Anonymous

*slow clap*

*farts*

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Anonymous

Clifford Chance already have a trans policy.

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HL Trainee

I have to say that HL have been extremely supportive of me…

I am currently transitioning into a horse, and they have converted one of the meeting rooms into a stable, and have spread hay around my desk. Client meetings can be difficult as I am often reluctant to go and have to be dragged in against my will. I also once kicked a client who approached me from behind.

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Anonymous

Such wit…

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Anonymous

It’s pretty much a mark of your maturity and decency if you can exercise time to give a toss about people and issues that don’t directly affect you. Fair play to HL.

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Ziggy the Zebra

Even LC is discriminating against me by refusing to take my plight seriously!

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