8.9 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2016)


"There is a huge focus on diversity at this firm, which was a major factor in my choosing Irwin Mitchell over others. I am a member of several diversity committees and it's taken very seriously here."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I think the firm are very forward thinking and appreciate that everyone has a life outside of work."
First year trainee, Manchester
"This is a strong point for Irwin Mitchell. The office is diverse in comparison to other City firms. We have the highest percentage of female partners of any firm in the City (still only around 37%) and we have IMpowered, which is the 'women in careers' type group, and an LGBT committee."
First year trainee, London
"We do a lot of work with local colleges to encourage social mobility. The firm has a huge number of women in high positions and there is a large LGBT network that includes several partners. There are also staff networks for members of an ethnic minority and disabled members of staff. Overall, the firm is by far the best I have worked at when it comes to diversity. It is something that the firm is proud of and puts a lot of effort into."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"There is an LGBT group and the firm is involved with various diversity projects."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"The firm has won awards for its diversity policies. I heard that female solicitors outnumber their male counterparts three to one here."
First year trainee, Birmingham


"We run a programme called Irwin Mitchell Equal to ensure that people are represented from all types of background. I have not come into contact with any diversity issues here, which I can see as a positive, as I do not feel discriminated at work."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Diversity varies across practice areas. Despite commitment to diversity being less for fee earners, there does appear to be a strong commitment to diversity in respect of support areas."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"In terms of diversity, there are many internal focus groups: those working for gender equality, representation and rights for those in the LGBT community, and those working to get the firm to be more racially diverse."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"There are a wide variety of groups and all in the firm are welcome at them, so they are very inclusive."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"There is a very clear diversity policy at Irwin Mitchell, and a variety of focus groups exist for specific groups of individuals. The majority of employees here are women, and the firm has a great attitude towards flexible working."
First year trainee, Bristol


"We have various listening groups which touch on those matters. I am involved in one with respect to women and I think that it is a great initiative."
Second year trainee, London
"In my experience all people treated equally and opportunities are split fairly and on merits."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"We have a number of societies dedicated to respect to women, LGBT and ethnic minorities."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"IM actively encourages diversity and there are a number of organisations within the firm that specifically deal with these issues and promote their rights."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"We have a dedicated society for minorities and the working environment is open to people from all walks of life."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"We have groups for all minorities where non-minority allies are also welcome. I am openly bi-sexual and currently in a same sex relationship which is no secret and I am treated with the same level of respect as everyone else. The only issue I think the firm is facing is that the board is male-dominated and has been criticised for this but I hope is working to diversify the top."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"There is an exceptional diversity programme within the firm and it is highly publicised holding regular events across the various groups. I feel that I cannot comment on the majority of these areas currently as a trainee, however I have seen how well attended the diversity groups are and feel the office has a diverse work force."
First year trainee, Birmingham
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