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Diversity and inclusion

Diversity is one of Allen & Overy’s strategic business priorities. Our aim is to build an environment where everyone feels supported and comfortable in being open, and where the differences between our people create opportunities not barriers.

Globally, we have three strategic priorities: to achieve better gender balance and greater racial and ethnic representation at the top levels of our organisation and to promote greater LGBT+ inclusion.

Much of our wider diversity programme focuses on promoting inclusion and equality at a local level – whether that’s gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, social background, disability, age, religion or any other differences – as the issues and ways to remove barriers can differ from country to country. All of our work is underpinned by a set of guiding principles based on impact, accountability and openness.

Building a diverse and inclusive organisation is essential for our future success. It is everyone’s responsibility at A&O to drive progress, adopt our Code of Conduct and understand the standards and behaviours we should all abide by in our working lives.

Creating a better gender balance


We provide strategic support to the education sector, advising partner schools on issues around governance and financial sustainability, as well as supporting their academic achievement.

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Disability


Allen & Overy launched the Smart Start Experience in 2009 with the aim of giving young people from non-privileged backgrounds access to high quality work experience in the world of business.

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LGBTQ+ inclusion


ReStart is Allen & Overy’s employability programme to help people over the age of 50 return to work. It targets over-50s living in London who have been unemployed for between six months and a year.

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Race and ethnicity


ReStart is Allen & Overy’s employability programme to help people over the age of 50 return to work. It targets over-50s living in London who have been unemployed for between six months and a year.

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Social mobility


ReStart is Allen & Overy’s employability programme to help people over the age of 50 return to work. It targets over-50s living in London who have been unemployed for between six months and a year.

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A personal commitment to our black community

A message to all A&O people from Wim Dejonghe and Gareth Price (Senior and Managing Partners).

Diverse teams drive originality and innovation; mitigate risks from ‘group-think’; lead to greater engagement at work; and build stronger client relationships. That is why diversity is a top priority for us, and central to the kind of firm we want to be.

Wim Dejonghe, Senior Partner

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