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Diversity

6.3 / 10

(based on 28 ratings in 2016)

2016

"As a woman, I note that the more senior roles are very male-orientated, but I don't feel that females are relegated or that I will be disadvantaged in future."
First year trainee, London
"This is a weaker area, and admittedly so, but the powers that be are on a diversity drive and it looks like the situation is set to improve in the near future."
Second year trainee, London
"Strong in recruitment, with a huge focus on improving diversity. Stats are good at trainee and junior level across diversity concerns, but the transition to senior associate/partner is where people choose to leave. Flexible working arrangements and diversity initiatives are being implemented, but the firm is strongly committed to meritocracy and refuses to use targets as a method of improving diversity. Awareness of importance of diversity around the firm is strong so hopefully this will improve in future."
First year trainee, London
"Macfarlanes doesn't have a problem in hiring women, but the statistics for promoting them aren't good. There also isn't a huge BAME community. However, there are moves to address this. We're beginning a series of forums to let people know what we're doing and to try and get more people involved."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is a long way behind other similar sized firms when it comes to diversity. There is a serious lack of women in the partnership. A new flexible working policy has been introduced that will hopefully combat this. The firm is working hard to improve its diversity."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is not very ethnically diverse at any level and at the top level men predominate. To the firm's credit, they are aware of this."
Second year trainee, London
"Diversity is generally good at a recruitment/qualification level, and women generally return after maternity leave. The firm gives significant attention to these issues and makes this known internally. However, the partnership level is not reflective of these successes, and it remains to be seen whether this will improve as current staff become more senior."
Second year trainee, London
"Although the firm has historically not been known as the most diverse employer, significant efforts have been made to refine the application process (including the introduction of CV-blind interviews). Generally, the firm makes good efforts to be inclusive and fair."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"To me the firm is clearly committed to diversity. As an LGBT trainee I have always felt included."
First year trainee, London
"While I feel that diversity is in need of improvement here, as I see it as at any City law firm, but the commitment is certainly there and things are changing rapidly. The commitment could be more public and certain areas of the firm, such as Private Client, are still very 'conservative'."
Second year trainee, London
"The results aren't great, but I get the feeling that the firm is really making an effort. Several new partners are working mothers who don't do a standard five day office week, which is encouraging. There is more work to do though, which they seem to be aware of."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"I think that there's a focus on equal opportunities."
First year trainee, London
"I think that women are benefitting from the diversity policy, but the firm is yet to improve its diversity policy in relation to ethnic minorities."
First year trainee, London
"I believe that the firm is trying hard, but there still seems to be an issue regarding maternity leave, etc. and the ethnic diversity at the firm could be better in my opinion."
Second year trainee, London
"I think that the blind CV interviewing is a good initiative, and there were lots of women in business seminars."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is, I have no doubt, committed to diversity. However, the vast majority of lawyers here are white men, although that may very well be down to the make-up of applicants in the first place. I do not get any sense that there is any hostility to any women or ethnic minorities already here."
First year trainee, London
"The firm seem to be making a real effort, although that doesn't seem to be reflected by the number of female partners, for example."
Second year trainee, London
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