Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman launches neurodiversity support package

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw PittmanInternational law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has launched a new neurodiversity assessment and support package for its London office employees, as well as eligible family members.

The firm has committed to pay for staff and eligible family members to access early stage and specialist assessments for neurodiverse conditions. Those who are eligible will be able to book private appointments with a designated GP clinic, and if they are referred to a specialist, the firm will also reimburse the appointment costs. In addition to offering time off for appointments, it will provide up to £3,000 per individual towards assessment and early support by qualified professionals.

The package will additionally provide workplace support for those managing neurodivergent conditions and encourage greater awareness and understanding of practices and policies so everyone can reach their full potential. It demonstrates the firm’s commitment to ensuring affected staff and their family members are supported.

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Nadia Barazi, partner and head of diversity and inclusion at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, said: “It is essential that neurodiversity doesn’t act as a barrier to success. We are so pleased to be able to offer this important support package, keeping pace with recent developments in understanding how neurodiversity can impact individuals at work. As importantly, the package will serve as the bedrock that upholds a culture of greater awareness and understanding of the various practices and policies needed to ensure everyone is able reach their full potential.”

Matthew Oresman, London managing partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, added: “It is a privilege to be able to support our London office staff and their dependent family members through the challenges that neurodivergent conditions can present and to ensure that all of our people are striving to reach their full potential on a level playing field. We champion and uphold our equal-opportunity environment by ensuring our policies and practices keep pace with contemporary understanding of best practice to ensure neurodiversity is celebrated and supported.”