Diversity & Inclusion

Stand out from the crowd.

Our goal is simple; we want everyone at the firm to feel comfortable, respected and able to bring their best selves to work.

Achieving this takes honesty, empathy and dedication. We’re proud of the progress we’ve already made, and are aware there is more work to be done, we’re excited to continue moving in the right direction to accomplish this mission.

To help us on this journey, we’ve established five guiding principles to guide our actions:

1. Accountability
We challenge ourselves to make our culture more inclusive for all.

2. Maximum impact
We focus our resources on areas that will have the biggest impact on the success of our people and business.

3. Global & local
We understand that the issues and challenges are different in each jurisdiction and adapt our approach while pursuing a common goal.

4. Open & honest
We are courageous in telling our story and sharing our challenges.

5. Influencing the bigger picture
We actively contribute to relevant societal discussions outside our firm.

At A&O we recognise that people are different, in ways that we can see and ways that we can’t. We think that is a good thing. As well as creating a rich working environment that makes our work more enjoyable, the business benefits are clear. In a fast moving and complex world being diverse and ensuring that we are inclusive helps us to attract the best people, innovate and understand and relate to our clients.

Wim Dejonghe
Senior Partner
For us, the case for attracting and retaining diverse talent is obvious – our product is our people. We and our clients take outstanding legal knowledge as a given – what makes our lawyers the best in the business, is their insight, their willingness to challenge and their delight in solving problems that others see as insurmountable. Diversity of thought is what makes our business successful.
Jo Dooley
UK Head, Diversity & Inclusion