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7.2 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2018)

2018

"I think the firm is making a big effort to increase diversity and is increasingly doing everything it can to cater to people's requirements (one example is offering more flexible hours for people who have had children). Some departments still look a bit overly white and male but efforts are definitely being made to change that and hopefully results will follow in time."
First year trainee, London
"Macs has recently introduced flexible working hours for all qualified solicitors allowing people to work from home as needed. There are also support groups for minorities and LGBT that include a wide array of individuals. The graduate intake has also become much more diverse and this is slowly showing as they progress up the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Our commitment to diversity has improved a lot in the last couple of years. We have a new head of diversity who is keen to hold events for minorities spanning gender, sex, race and religion. We receive memos about various religious holidays and are educated about what others believe and do. For women, the firm has introduced flexible working hours and are keen to encourage women to reach the higher partnership roles."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is very committed to diversity and changes are taking place. It does seem like a slow process however as it is impossible for the changes to all take place at once."
First year trainee, London
"The firm hosts multiple open days a year to encourage students from different backgrounds to apply for training contracts. The firm also has a strong commitment to flexible working and to ensuring that more women are retained."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has been seen to struggle on diversity before (perhaps as a result of its traditional reputation and private client department) but I think it is making real efforts to address this point through committees within the firm and also through recruitment alliances (with Pathways to Law and Rare Recruitment etc). The firm seems to be flexible for working parents, allowing them to work from home regularly and keeping in touch on how they feel the system is working etc."
First year trainee, London
"Diversity did not feature particularly highly in the past, but there's been a real push over the last year and a bit to raise this profile and strengthen the culture of inclusion. The firm brings in numerous external speakers on all sorts of issues throughout the year and everyone across the firm is invited to attend."
Second year trainee, London
"Macfarlanes LLP appears to be one of the leaders when it comes to diversity in the London legal landscape. The firm is a member of the 30% club, which is an initiative aiming to get 30% of senior management to be female. Moreover, Macfarlanes LLP has steered away from the old-school recruitment of only Oxbridge white male graduates, recognising the added value a diverse workforce can bring and having a whole department dedicated to diversity and inclusion. Macfarlanes LLP will pepper your professional calendar with inspiring talks from motivational speakers who have decided to make it their duty to disseminate the importance of diversity and inclusion."
First year trainee, London

2017

"There is a genuine drive to improve diversity and this is something that is discussed a lot. LGBT, BAME and 'Balance' networks have been launched."
First year trainee, London
"The firm hosts diversity events and initiatives designed to promote diversity within the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"Our commitment is strong and I feel we are improving in this area."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm recognises that it is not hugely diverse but they are setting up some great initiatives to help with this, including blind recruitment policies. They have also set up LGBT, BAME and work/life balance networks to connect people across the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is trying very hard and making steady and visible changes."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a clear drive to improve this through a diversity committee, diversity officer and various new schemes, such as firm communities."
Second year trainee, London
"This is increasing following the appointment of a 'corporate social responsibility and inclusion' member of HR."
Second year trainee, London

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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