Trish McLellan, LawCare Coordinator for Scotland and Northern Ireland, spoke at the `Equality Means Business` conference organised by Law Society of Scotland, and held at their offices in Edinburgh on 5 May.
There were approximately 60 attendees, and the overall topic under discussion was the business case for equality and diversity. After a welcome from LSS President Eilidh Wiseman, the keynote session was delivered by The Rt Hon Lady Dorrian, Lord Justice Clerk of Scotland.
The first session `Equality Means Business` consisted of brief presentations from four panellists focusing on the commercial case for robust E&D, before the Chair took questions from the audience.
Ms McLellan was one of two panellists involved in the second session, `Creating an Inclusive Workplace`. She presented on the merits of this from an employee perspective before Kate Dodd, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant at Pinsent Masons, explored it from the employer’s perspective. “This was followed by questions from the delegates, with one audience member asking how employers can better equip themselves to identify mental health issues in employees,” says Ms McLellan. “As well as explaining some indicators, I signposted to Mental Health First Aid training and our resources.
“The audience was very engaged, which is not surprising given that it mainly comprised people with E&D roles and responsibility in the legal community in Scotland.”