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Kathleen sponsors Travers Smith’s BAME recruitment and retention strategy, which seeks to introduce formal mechanisms to create fairness at critical inflection points of BAME lawyers’ careers. This includes mentoring as well as implementing processes to ensure fair access to opportunities to work for important clients, to help address structural inequality in the division of work assignments. Kathleen also sponsored the firmwide response to the BLM movement, which saw the delivery of anti-racism and effective allyship training for all staff and partners and the publication of Travers Smith’s ethnicity pay gap reporting. The firm also signed up to Rare Recruitment’s Race Fairness Commitment and the Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance. In addition to sponsoring these initiatives, Kathleen led on hosting a ‘Celebration of Black Music’ event as part of Black History Month and implementing a reverse mentoring scheme to enable junior BAME colleagues to share their experiences with senior leaders.

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