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Diversity

7.3 / 10

(based on 22 ratings in 2016)

2016

"There are committees, but we don't hear an awful lot from them. I have heard positive comments from the LGBT groups, but diversity amongst the firm is not the strongest point and there are still far fewer female partners. However, this is a goal that must be gradually achieved and the appointment of female partners recently suggests there is real ambition to improve."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is really pushing its diversity and inclusion commitment and there's been some great support for LGBT initiatives. It's great to see!"
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is clearly attempting to increase diversity. It also encourages part-time work with two of the new partners working part-time. The ethnic diversity of the firm is improving, but further progress can still be made."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is committed to diversity."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"I think more could be done to attract a diverse workforce but the same could be said about every law firm. Recently, there has been a promotion of four people to partner, three of them were women so that is very encouraging."
First year trainee, Bristol
"It's certainly getting better but there is a long way to go. It's encouraging that we are seeing a lot of female partners being appointed in recent years. I think the firm could still do more for LGBT and ethnic minorities."
Second year trainee, Bristol

2015

"Female partners are few, people of colour fewer. I don't question the firm's commitment to diversity but the partners are a product of their backgrounds and that filters down."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I think more could be done to encourage diversity. I think we have a Diversity Committee but they don't appear to be as active as they could be."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is reasonably good with regards to diversity. The female partner rate needs improvement at the highest level in order to demonstrate Burges Salmon's commitment to diversity."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I think that there are certainly efforts to be diverse. There are fewer female partners than male, as in the rest of the industry. There is a LGBT social club and it is a very supportive firm."
First year trainee, Bristol
"As an LGBT member of the firm, I can say that commitment to diversity is on the forefront of the firm's agenda. The firm has hosted a number of LGBT events and there is a strong network of LGBT colleagues. Additionally, the firm has been consulting and introducing new programmes in relation to maternity leave, paternity leave, childcare and more - a number of employees work part-time to support their childcare needs. I think things are good and all the signals point to it getting even better!"
First year trainee, Bristol

2014

"The firm does have very few woman partners or ethnic minorities who work here, however, it is activity addressing this point. Three women have made partner in the last two years, and they are activity targeting more ethnically diverse universities and schools for recruitment purposes."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Numbers of female partners are slowly increasing. Promotion issues are not transparent. Maternity leave is okay but the options for returning to flexible working are limited."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The firm has a very good attitude to diversity when it is recruiting, yet I feel in reality the diversity of the work place could be improved somewhat."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Its intentions are very good, but don't always play out in practice. There are areas of the firm which are very white, middle-class and male and which have a real problem with the promotion and retention of women. Other parts of the firm are much better. There is not a huge ethnic diversity in the firm."
Second year trainee, Bristol
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