Diversity

7.1 / 10

(based on 27 ratings in 2017)

2017

"The firm supports a number of initiatives for diversity and there has recently been an LGBT drive. There have also been talks and events in support of SAMH, the Scottish mental health well-being charity. A number of school pupils from disadvantaged schools spent a week in the office as part of a 'Break into Law' scheme, which was designed to encourage those who may have not considered law as a potential career."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"The firm has just established an LGBT group that will help to raise awareness."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"While women still make up a minority of partners, there is a push to get more into senior management. There is a diverse mix of trainees being recruited from different social and ethnic backgrounds."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is keen on pushing all of these kinds of issues to the fore so that they can be addressed where necessary, both on an individual level with supervisors etc and on a more national level."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"I have attended quite a few events on gender issues and supporting women in their career. The firm is also active with 'Break into Law' and 'Pathways Plus', which are schemes to encourage people from different backgrounds to pursue a career in law."
First year trainee, London
"We have recently had a rebrand of the firm's LGBT network, Iris, and hosted an international event in our London office at which Gareth Thomas came and gave a talk on his life experiences and journey."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"We have a strong ratio of men to women but still a low ratio of ethnic minorities. There are LGBT initiatives and we have zero tolerance for discrimination and inequality. Based on incoming trainees, there is a clear need to recruit more students from ethnic minority communities."
First year trainee, London
"Seems pretty flexible on maternity leave and child care. No obvious issues surrounding diversity, the workforce seems fairly diverse."
First year trainee, London
"Ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented at the firm and women still make up the vast minority of partners and legal directors but this is slowly improving. There is a LAW committee that holds events relating to gender diversity and female development in the workplace that are often very interesting and sensitive to the issues. However, sometimes even these can be slightly stereotypical (eg networking events held at designer handbag or makeup stores)."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"I'm unaware of any diversity issues. There seems to be a good mix of people from many differing backgrounds."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"The firm has an excellent diversity profile when it comes to recruiting. However, there have been some shocking examples of women and men being treated unreasonably in relation to pregnancy, going to scans, maternity/paternity leave etc. This has been driven by certain individual partners rather than by a firm policy."
Second year trainee, London
"Very good at recruiting female candidates lower down although this is yet to be reflected in the higher ranks. There are very few female partners in the Manchester officer. Good flexible working for parents though."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Many trainees/lawyers have different backgrounds at DLA, from second careers to work in other areas after law school. I was impressed to see associates promoted to senior associates while on maternity leave and even when they had just returned and were about to commence the second maternity leave."
Second year trainee, London
"The commitment to diversity is definitely there, although it's clear that as an industry we have a long way to go. DLA Piper run a lot of outreach to try and encourage people from non-law backgrounds to consider entering the profession."
Second year trainee, London
"There is an LGBT global network within the firm. Many women go on maternity leave and come back. There are also some part-time workers."
First year trainee, Edinburgh

2015

"I see that many people at the firm seem to come from similar backgrounds, although there are noticeable steps being taken to try and improve this, which is a positive step towards having a more diverse firm."
First year trainee, Leeds
"This is one of the highlights of DLA Piper for me. The staff at the firm are incredibly diverse: in terms of where they are from, their background and their sex. It is less diverse and open in respect of the LGBT community, but we do have an existing LGBT group in the firm, which is working to improve things in this respect."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"DLA Piper was one of the first firms to offer split parental leave, and there is plenty of discussion about flexible working."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"In terms of diversity, I have seen that there are good initiatives for women at the firm, but initiatives are less evident for ethnic minorities or LGBT groups."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm supports drives to increase women's participation in law (Leadership Alliance for Women), to raise awareness of LGBT issues and the Break into Law programme to increase access to ethnic minorities."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"There is a good level of diversity at the junior end of the firm, but the majority of partners are still white, straight men. I have noticed that the number of female partners in the Manchester office is particularly bad, and I feel that there is a lack of senior female role models in the firm."
Second year trainee, Manchester
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