As International Women’s Day approaches the question arises – what is feminism? The answer is simple; it is the belief that men and women are equal. It means seeing past gender and seeing the person, the individual. At Pepperells we believe that every Client should be treated as an individual who is empowered to make their own choices.
Pepperells has long believed in the hiring the best candidate for the position, regardless of gender. This is how Pepperells find themselves with a diverse and well mixed workforce, one rife with strong women.
There are many places and work environments in the world where this is not the case, where women are not supported. Change must come from everywhere, not just the top or bottom. We must all #BeBoldForChange – many of the messages speak to our values.
We will be bold and campaign against violence
We strongly believe in the protection of victims from violence and harassment. We work closely with local charities to ensure victims can receive the protection they need in emergencies. We have a dedicated Domestic Abuse Team at Pepperells with specialist staff ready to provide support and legal advice to those victims that need assistance. Our growing immigration department frequently assists victims of domestic abuse in untangling the complex web of spousal visa applications for those who have been forced to flee their spouses due to violence.
We will be bold and champions women’s education and celebrate women’s achievements
We champion women’s education and our female staff’s achievements, personal and professional. We are proud to support our staff’s education, providing support and funding to achieve career goals.
Some of our staff’s recent achievements include:
- Rosalind Smith, solicitor-advocate, became a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Domestic Violence & Private Children Law and represented Yorkshire in the Women’s Rugby Union
- Fiona Buchanan, solicitor-advocate, obtained her solicitor-advocate qualification.
- Debra Donnelly, costs solicitor, completed a fantastic marathon for charity
- Leanne Crellin, solicitor, was admitted to the Solicitor for the Elderly Panel
- Holly Bates, solicitor, became a member of the Children’s Panel