Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace where all of our colleagues and their contributions and perspectives are valued and respected.
Our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) activities are focused on six core areas:
Some of our key initiatives and activities:
- The Cara Scholarship – a D&I scholarship in partnership with Trinity College Dublin.
- Matheson’s annual D&I Conference, delivered in partnership with Trinity College Dublin.
- Founding member of the OUTLaw Network, which is aimed at promoting the inclusion of LGBTQ+ employees across the legal sector in Ireland.
- Founding member of the disAbility Legal Network, whose mission is to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities within the legal sector.
- In June 2022, Matheson hosted a hybrid panel discussion titled "Legal Minds: Neurodiversity in the Legal Sector" which explored the strengths neurodivergent people bring to the legal sector and also the challenges which neurodivergent people can still face in the workplace.
- Matheson’s LGBTQ+ ally network, Matheson Together, organised a wonderful series of events to mark Pride Week 2022. Matheson, in collaboration with the OUTLaw Network, welcomed guests both virtually and in-person at our Dublin office to explore the topic of intersectionality and allyship across the LGBTQ+ community. We were also proud to march under the OUTLaw banner as part of the Dublin Pride Parade again this year.
- Matheson was proud to support the Women’s Aid fundraiser: Walk 80km in February Challenge earlier this year, which saw Matheson employees take up the challenge of walking 80km in a month to raise funds to help Women’s Aid provide vital supports for women who are experiencing domestic abuse and violence.
- To mark International Women's Day 2022, Matheson was honoured to be joined by Ireland’s Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, and Sarah Benson, CEO of Women's Aid, for an insightful panel discussion led by Matheson Chairperson, Tara Doyle. The speakers explored breaking the bias in the workplace, the link between gender bias and gender-based violence, and how we can all be allies who champion change.