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International law firm Ashurst has announced the launch of a new diversity initiative aimed at creating an inclusive working environment for LGBT people.

Launched in its Glasgow support centre, the LGBT Allies programme expands the scope of the firm’s existing LGBT network, Spectrum, ensuring that members of the firm feel equally valued whether they identify as part of the LGBT community or not.

Allies are people who, irrespective of their own sexual orientation, recognise the importance of acceptance and inclusion LGBT colleagues in the workplace and wider community and actively articulate their support.

Their support can take many forms, including challenging prejudice where they find it, attending and encouraging attendance at LGBT events, and offering ongoing support and advice to LGBT colleagues.

All allies have received training from LGBT charity Stonewall, with over 50 people attending a session held last week.

Mike Polson, managing partner of Ashurst Glasgow and ambassador for the Ashurst LGBT Allies Programme, said: “At Ashurst, diversity and inclusion are key to the success of the firm and crucial in making Ashurst a great place to work.

“Our LGBT Allies programme is just one of a number of new diversity initiatives that the firm is developing.

“This programme is for everyone, and reflects all of our firm’s values, in particular collaboration, integrity and accountability.”

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