We are absolutely thrilled to have won the GED (Global Equality & Diversity) Transparency Award with Funke Abimbola for our work on our Insight report, Opening Up or Shutting Out – Social Mobility in the Legal Profession. This report is a joint effort between Byfield Consultancy and Funke Abimbola, who is a diversity champion and award-winning lawyer leading the legal team at Roche UK.

The report, authored by Jon Robins, presents the results of a survey of the top 50 UK law firms and their approach to social mobility and diversity. It also includes case studies and interviews with distinguished figures in the sector, including Lady Justice Hallett, who sits in the Court of Appeal. Jon Robins is an award-winning freelance journalist who has been writing about the law for close to 20 years. 

The annual GED Awards, which celebrate transparency of social impact on equality and diversity, were the highlight of the Global Equality & Diversity 2016 conference, held on Wednesday 23 November. The topic of this year's conference was 'Embracing Transparency – Demonstrating Impact'.

By 2017, 8,000 companies will be affected by the government focus on transparency, with 4,000 public sector organisations coming under the microscope shortly afterwards. The GED aims to recognise the leading work carried out by companies and organisations who research and successfully address their social impact on equality and inclusion.

We are delighted that our work on social mobility has been recognised by such a respected organisation and would like to extend our congratulations to our fabulous report partner, Funke Abimbola.