Halsbury Legal Awards announces Stonewall as charity partner for 2015

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23 July 2015

LexisNexis200LexisNexis UK, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today announced that Stonewall will once again be charity partner for the 2015 Halsbury Legal Awards.

The Halsbury Legal Awards celebrate the exceptional achievements of individuals, law firms, chambers and organisations across the legal sector. As charity partner, Stonewall will again have the opportunity to increase awareness of their work on the night, as well as raise money to support the charity.

Stonewall is Britain’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) equality charity. Its Diversity Champions Programme helps organisations to promote equality in the workplace to ensure that LGBT staff can perform to their full potential.

LexisNexis joined the Diversity Champions programme in 2013, and are using best practice from the Workplace Equality Index to improve diversity and inclusion across all strands of equality.

Christian Fleck, managing director of LexisNexis UK, said:

“LexisNexis are committed to the equality of all our staff, including those from the LGBT community, those from all ethnic backgrounds and others.

“Working with Stonewall and their Diversity Champions programme has helped us dramatically improve our standing in their Workplace Equality Index – working across all strands of diversity to ensure we recruit and retain the best talent, and foster an environment that allows people to be themselves so they can contribute their very best. It’s therefore very fitting to have Stonewall as our charity partner for the Halsbury Legal Awards again this year.”

Stonewall was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who wanted to break down barriers to equality. Stonewall continues to campaign and lobby government to change laws to ensure everyone, everywhere, is free to be themselves.

Ruth Hunt, chief executive of Stonewall, said:

“We’re excited to partner with the Halsbury Legal Awards and LexisNexis, for the second year, to help raise funds to support our work tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. Too many young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people still grow up experiencing bullying and harassment.

“This support means we can continue to work with schools and local authorities across the country to help ensure that all people, everywhere, can be accepted without exception.”

For more information about the awards, the categories, sponsorship opportunities, and how to enter, visit www.halsburylegalawards.co.uk.

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