Mishcon de Reya has long been committed to ensuring and promoting equality and diversity. Indeed, over 50 years ago, our founder Lord Mishcon sat on the Wolfenden committee, which recommended that homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence. The committee's recommendations eventually led to the passage of the Sexual Offences Act 1967.
As part of this ongoing commitment, and in response to requests from the gay community for advice specific to its needs, in 2009 we launched Pink Law in conjunction with the Legal Advice Centre of the School of Law at Queen Mary, University of London. Pink Law gives free and impartial legal advice to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.
Lawyers from Mishcon attend the centre on a monthly basis to supervise second and final year law students as they advise clients on a range of legal issues, including: discrimination; civil partnership formation and dissolution; cohabitation issues; immigration; wills and probate; and hate crime.
Pink Law was highly commended in the Best New Pro Bono Activity category of the LawWorks and Attorney General Students Awards 2009, and the team of students which Mishcon lawyers support won the Best Team of Students category in the same Awards in 2010.
In addition, we have worked with Queen Mary and leading LGBT campaigning organisation Stonewall to produce information leaflets on civil partnerships, gay fatherhood and employment discrimination.
Mishcon de Reya has an active and inclusive LGBT+ Pride network which hosts regular events for clients, contacts and colleagues. To be added to our mailing list, please contact Emma Woollcott.