Diversity & Inclusion
We are committed to supporting, promoting, and celebrating equality, diversity, and inclusion within our firm and in the IP profession.
D Young & Co is an equal opportunities employer. Our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Policy applies to all employees and partners, as well as other individuals performing functions in relation to the firm such as agency workers and contractors. We are committed to the implementation and maintenance of employment and general working practices that ensure no member of staff or partner is treated less favourably on the grounds of sex, marital status (including Civil Partner), sexual orientation, age, disability, race, gender reassignment, religion or belief.
We also have an anti-bullying and anti-harassment policy that provides our staff and partners with guidance on treating everyone with dignity and respect. We endeavour to make reasonable adjustments where appropriate to ensure there is a level playing field for all.
Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion officer is partner Dr Zöe Clyde-Watson.
We seek to cast our recruitment net as wide as possible and recognise that fostering a professional working environment that is rich in diversity and free from discrimination is the key to creativity and productivity.
Diversity and inclusion is an important consideration when determining how and where we advertise our vacancies and careers events. For example in 2019 candidates from a wide range of different UK universities participated in our popular Easter internship programme (for students interested in a career as a patent attorney in electro-mechanical technologies). We also regularly send our attorneys to speak at university open days and events to encourage science and engineering graduates from all backgrounds to pursue careers in IP.
Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives & Events
Further information about our recent EDI events and initiatives including organisations we are partnering with (the British Science Association, In2Science, EqualEngineerings, IPInclusive, Women in IP and IP Ability) and events promoting diverse talent that we have participated in.