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Diversity

8.1 / 10

(based on 20 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The firm seems to be willing to tackle the issue of gender diversity, especially at partner level. There is certainly a higher female to male ratio with the trainee intake."
First year trainee, London
"The firm's awareness and training on these issues is at the forefront of everything that we do. Working with international clients and being an international firm has made this essential."
First year trainee, London
"There has been a big push to be a diverse firm. We have a women's network and many events focusing on equality and diversity, such as LGBT CSR events."
Second year trainee, London
"Extensive initiatives taking place, the impact of which will hopefully manifest themselves in the near future."
First year trainee, London
"We have diversity training and there are often events where external speakers run a session on different protected characteristics. There are also LGBT, women's, and ethnic minority support groups within the firm. The trainee intakes are fairly diverse, and for the past few years the majority of trainees have been female. There is not much diversity from a class perspective."
Second year trainee, London
"There are specific training events and societies for women, ethnic minorities and LGBT individuals. The gender balance is good at many levels."
First year trainee, London
"Very diverse range of individuals. Many events planned through the year to do with equality and diversity."
First year trainee, London

2015

"There are regular firm-wide diversity awareness sessions as well as talks from external speakers on various diversity issues."
First year trainee, London
"Ashurst is very keen to promote its diversity policy. In particular, there are specific targets regarding women at partner level."
First year trainee, London
"Retention of women is very good. There is a target of 30% female partnership, so Ashurst is very progressive."
First year trainee, London
"There are regular seminars and talks from renowned external speakers on these topics. Active LGBT and multicultural societies (Spectrum and All at Ashurst respectively) are working for the interests of those social groups."
First year trainee, London
"There are loads of networks to support staff from diverse backgrounds and the LGBT community. Fantastic work with RARE and PRIME too."
First year trainee, London
"The diversity in my intake is amazing. There are so many languages and experiences that I think we could take on most things! We have a lot of training on diversity issued to ensure that we work as a firm to create an inclusive working environment."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Whilst I think the firm is really trying hard to improve on diversity, the results are slow. There are still very few women or people of ethnic minorities in senior positions. They are recruiting more trainees from ethnic minority backgrounds now so that should filter through, but they are not doing enough to support women who want to have children."
First year trainee, London
"There are a lot of good schemes and projects being set up including a women's forum and a partnership with Rare."
First year trainee, Londn
"In my opinion there is a good mix of people at the firm, both in terms of background, religion, race and sexual orientation. There was some nonsense about the firm and diversity/retention in the press recently, but ultimately it should be about who is best for the job, not whether they tick any diversity boxes. I wouldn't want to get a place over someone else based solely on the fact that I'm a 'northern' female who went to state school. So I don't think the firm deserves negative press for this. There aren't enough female partners - but I don't blame the firm. The maternity policy is fair, there are flexible working options if it's possible and plenty of female associates with children seem to be able to balance the two. Maybe ask me again in ten years' time."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a strong emphasis on diversity, with compulsory training and a number of initiatives such as Spectrum, the LGBT network, and the Women's Network, which runs regular events to try to address the issue of female attrition rates higher up in the profession."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Strong commitment - compulsory diversity training and special events for women, LGBT, etc."
First year trainee, london
"The firm puts a lot of emphasis on this and seems to be fairly flexible in accommodating different people's needs."
First year trainee, London
"Lots of training about diversity but not sure it necessarily relates to the amount of women in senior roles."
Second year trainee, London
"I haven't got involved myself but understand that there is a mentoring scheme for female associates and that LGBT group has regular socials."
First year trainee, London
"Received lengthy talks on the importance of diversity in our first week - seems to be a high priority for the firm"
First year trainee, London
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