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Diversity

7.7 / 10

(based on 43 ratings in 2015)

2015

"We have a number of programmes in place to help with diversity: including a London Women's Network (which puts on a number of presentations a year and has a mentoring programme) and a strong global LGBT network."
Second year trainee, Singapore
"I definitely think that diversity is taken seriously here, and people are recruited solely on merit. The firm is involved in plenty of diversity events (e.g. the Stephen Lawrence scholarship, and they are a Stonewall employer)."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is very active in a variety of diversity issues: LGBT, flexible working, social mobility (business action in the community - rehabilitation of offenders) and they enable those from ethnic minorities from low income backgrounds to be exposed to the City through the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship programme)."
Second year trainee, London
"I feel that there is a real push for diversity at the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"I have enjoyed attending women's network events, and I feel that the firm recognises the benefits of a diverse workforce."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Freshfields has a very forward-thinking approach to LGBT employees and is making a conscious effort with women. The issue of part-time working in the busier transactional teams is still a problem, but that is probably the case in most firms."
Second year trainee, Paris
"The firm is fully committed to diversity, and hosts regular events in relation to the above. The firm visits a wide range of schools and universities and offers many opportunities with regards to recruitment. I have noticed that Freshfields is open to discussing flexible working arrangements with its associates where necessary, and is making a conscious effort to increase the number of female partners."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is very good regarding retention, promotion, childcare and maternity leave. The firm has schemes in place concerning all diversity issues and works hard on these subjects."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a lot of diversity programmes and does seem to be addressing issues such as promoting more women and flexible working for women."
First year trainee, London
"Diversity is constantly talked about at the firm. It is very encouraging to see all they are doing in this respect."
First year trainee, London
"There aren't many ethnic minorities but the firm's HALO LGBT policy is award-winning. Maternity leave is good, and some departments seem to offer good flexible working arrangements though others don't at all. Not a lot of gender diversity (or any diversity at all, really) near senior associate/partner level - most seem to be middle-aged, Oxbridge-educated white men."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Lots of presentations by LGBT and women's groups, committed to providing scholarships for non-traditional background students, could still do with more female partners though!"
First year trainee, London
"There are loads of diversity events and a dedicated department. Lots of information is delivered, particularly at the induction."
First year trainee, London
"Associate Women's network; LGBT network; generous maternity leave."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"Many women; LGBT societies. More needs to be done at education level i.e. school/university to ensure people from a range of backgrounds have the confidence and skills to apply to a firm like Freshfields."
First year trainee, London
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