Western Mail, 19th September, 2011

CARDIFF-BASED Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice has become the first law firm in Wales to join Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme which promotes good practice for employers.

The programme, run by the gay equality charity, promotes a good working environment for all employees and helps ensure equal treatment for those who are lesbian, gay or bisexual.

The firm joins businesses as diverse as Google UK, Sport Wales and Lloyds Banking Group on the programme, which has over 600 members.

Firm partner Sarah Wyburn said: “We are delighted to be the first law firm in Wales to join the Diversity Champions programme. By joining, we’re sending out a powerful message to potential lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and clients.

“We were one of the first firms in Wales to provide a specialist service for clients in civil partnerships and same-sex relationships, and are delighted to be working with Stonewall on this exciting project.”

Andrew White, Stonewall Cymru director said: “In joining the Diversity Champions programme Wendy Hopkins Family Law has recognised that people perform better when they can be themselves.

“Our members are forward thinking 21st century employers who want to recruit, recognise, and support the very best. Good employers understand that providing support for all their staff improves their operational effectiveness.”