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Diversity

8.7 / 10

(based on 16 ratings in 2017)

2017

"The firm is slowly adopting an agile working policy so employees can work at home with a laptop. They have an LGBT group with linked events and promote strong resources for maternity/paternity leave and gender equality etc."
First year trainee, Edinburgh / Glasgow
"The firm recently won several diversity awards, including an individual award for the chair of our diversity committee. The leadership team is very vocal about diversity and social mobility, they have set up many charitable initiatives for the firm such as our own charity foundation."
First year trainee, London
"There's a clear commitment to diversity across the firm."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"Private education appears to dominate hiring decisions."
Second year trainee, London
"It's excellent on this front with lots of LGBT initiatives."
First year trainee, Leeds
"This is generally very good and there are lots of internal communications and training sessions on how we can be more inclusive and diverse as an employer."
First year trainee, London

2016

"DWF is actively committed to diversity. Child care and maternity flexibility appear to be encouraged and there is a strong focus on CSR/diversity based activities."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Really good. One of the equity partners champions diversity and there is always awareness raised on all sorts of matters in relation to this."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The firm is working on this currently and I think it is something that will improve over the next few years. I don't specifically have any experience with any of these issues and therefore cannot comment further."
First year trainee, Manchester
"There are lots of diversity committees, but I am not sure how much of a difference this makes in reality."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"We have diversity week, which allows us to discuss these issues, and the maternity/paternity pay provisions have just improved."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"We have an extensive diversity policy and a number of committees to raise awareness and address any concerns."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"Diversity at the firm is good, and we recruit a wide variety of individuals from different backgrounds who have encountered all different experiences, from travelling to working in another sector."
Second year trainee, Liveprool
"There is a lot going on at the moment regarding diversity awareness, with workshops and committees set up to look at 'inclusion.' I think that the firm is supportive of childcare issues when it comes to flexible hours."
First year trainee, Manchester
"DWF recently launched a Diversity Steering Group and is committed to making progress in this area. There is also an emphasis on women in the workplace, a lot of support for women in the firm and removing barriers to women's career progression."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"There is a real effort to increase the diversity of the firm. We have a Diversity Steering Group that holds regular meetings and feeds back to the board. There is an agile worker scheme that allows fee-earners to work from home and hot-desk when they're in the office which gives greater flexibility to those with families."
First year trainee, London
"The firm's commitment to diversity is good: there is a manager employed to focus on this for the firm."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"There are various working groups for diversity including women, ethnic minorities and LGBT."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Childcare could be better with the issue surrounding flexible working but DWF is very diverse with ethnic minorities and LGBT. There are various groups in DWF set up to continually improve this."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"The firm operates various committees focusing on women in the workplace as well as running a LGBT networking group."
First year trainee, London
"The firm were excellent throughout my maternity leave and arrival back at work. There is a very good attitude at the firm towards working parents and the firm are very understanding. I feel that DWF is a very inclusive and diverse place to work where all people are respected and valued."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"We have won awards regarding diversity and are constantly asking questions on how we can improve what we are doing including having forums and meetings with the relevant groups so we are always improving and keeping up standards. As far as I am aware there are no issues regarding diversity."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"Diversity at higher levels of management could be improved. However, there is more diversity amongst more junior members of staff."
First year trainee, London

2013

"I have been asked about how more women could be encouraged to stay at senior levels, which is very positive. However, in the Leeds office there are only a handful of women at a senior level."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The firm paid for me to go on a course to help combat discrimination in the workplace as it is something that I am really interested in. We also have a women's group on our internal social media site so you can keep up-to-date on recent news. I organised a competition for international women's day and the firm paid for the prizes."
First year trainee, London
"Women's group within the firm, which female members of staff are invited to join on Yammer (the firm's own internal Facebook). Diverse group of people working at the firm; values driven - the firm cares about its people, no matter what their background."
Second year trainee, Manchester
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