Hogan Lovells is to be-come one of the first City firms to launch a network for its disabled employees.
The network, which is being spearheaded by partner Richard Welfare, will provide support and training opportunities as well as mentoring to disabled staff.
Like many other City firms, Hogan Lovells already has networks in place for LGBT and female employees. The firm’s women’s network recently paired up 27 senior staff with junior women to assist the latter in their career development.
However, low levels of declaration tend to make it difficult to establish similar processes for disabled staff.
Recent monitoring data from Hogan Lovells reveals that it is not known whether a quarter of associates and non-partner legal staff, and those in business services, are disabled or not.
Just 4 per cent of associates and 3 per cent of those in business services at the firm have a declared disability.