Bell Gully aims for excellence in everything it does, including empowering its people to reach their full potential by embracing diversity and striving to build an inclusive culture that respects individuals.
Initiatives directed at supporting Bell Gully staff through every stage of their career include:
- Next Programme that provides lawyers year one to year four with broad, foundational legal training across all practice areas;
- BG Learn Programme that caters to all staff on a range of topics and training sessions, including team-building sessions, skill-based learning, and behavioural assessments; and
- Partner Leadership Programme which includes feedback on a partners’ performance as people leaders, and provides tools to ensure they are performing this role well.
Bell Gully conducts regular one-on-one meetings with all staff to assist them in developing the skills and experience that will help them achieve their career aspirations. These are in addition to programmes that support staff in their legal career pathways. Promotion to all positions is decided on merit, experience, and evidence of a sustainable track record of strong performance.
To provide its staff with an inclusive environment, Bell Gully has the BelonG committee that encapsulates a broad range of diversity and inclusion initiatives at the firm. It also has an inclusion and diversity programme, which includes Te Reo Māori classes, Rainbow Tick, cultural intelligence, Chinese culture, and unconscious bias training to all staff, as well as an LGBT+ Network. Earlier this year, the firm was reaccredited the Rainbow Tick after receiving the award in 2016.
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bell Gully has been able to seamlessly transition its entire workforce to work from home, thanks to its years of strategic investment in technology and communication tools – from emails and internal systems to videoconferencing and equipment distribution.
Bell Gully offers a competitive salary as well as a range of benefits and initiatives to help its people maintain a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle. This includes a comprehensive health and wellbeing programme, an annual fitness subsidy, an annual subsidy towards health insurance, a generous and supportive parental leave policy and entitlements, free legal advice to an annual level, and celebrations of significant occasions in the lives and careers of its people.