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Diversity

8.7 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2016)

2016

"I think there is a big commitment and there are quite a few partners from minorities. However, I think there could be more. That is not to say that the firm isn't trying though."
First year trainee, London
"I would be surprised if any firm of a similar size had the same attitude we do. I have taken part in a large number of aspiring solicitors events that the graduate recruitment team have organised. We held an aspiring solicitors disability event at our office last week, which I attended. I have not noticed a disparity in the numbers of men and women. I am attending LGBT drinks this week, where anyone in the firm can attend. In my year of trainees there are 14 of us. Within this, we have two black women, one Iranian man, one Japanese man and one Thai woman. There is a very good attitude to maternity leave with a number of my department currently away on it. It is common to see flexible working hours for mothers in the firm while still affording them the same opportunities. In terms of social mobility, it seems the majority of people are from affluent backgrounds and have attended private school, as is generally the case in the profession."
First year trainee, London
"We have a family network, which puts on regular talks and lunches for parents and carers to learn from and talk to one another. There is also an emergency childcare service if your nanny/childcare provider is unavailable. This has proven invaluable to me. Additionally, the firm is extremely committed to recruiting people from as varied a selection of backgrounds as possible. They believe, quite rightly, that the more diverse the staff base, the better the firm will be. They particularly like applicants from a non-law background, and even with industry experience to add to the rich tapestry of lawyers and advisers. Promotion does appear to be on a post-qualification-experience basis, but I am yet to see. Some people do appear to progress faster than others, so there is a basis of merit for promotions too."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The firm is very diverse. I am a trainee with two children under two years old and I have had a lot of support. There is a family network where you can discuss things with like-minded people. There is an emergency child care policy in place, if you need it."
First year trainee, London
"The current trainees are over two-thirds women. We have had lots of diversity training sessions which are much more interesting and useful than they sound!"
First year trainee, London
"The firm could be a little more diverse when it comes to ethnic minorities; however two-thirds of current trainees are female."
First year trainee, London
"I get no sense that there's discrimination of any kind at the firm, which is great."
First year trainee, London
"In my experience our firm is very ethnically diverse, it recruits trainees from a wide range of universities and offers a lot of LGBT support."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The firm tries really hard to promote equal opportunities for everyone."
First year trainee, London
"We have a women's group, a LGBT committee and we are part of the NOTICED group."
Second year trainee, London
"There are lots of events for LGBT, women and promotion of diversity in marketing/recruitment documents."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is very diverse in respect of ethnic minorities."
First year trainee, London

2013

"I feel the firm is a fairly representative place, although the profile of trainees is becoming narrower as time goes on."
Second year trainee, London
"Fairly diverse it seems - various ethnicities, lots of women, high number of LGBT in certain departments - but still a lot to be done. For example, numbers of ethnic minorities could be massively improved on as well as non-private school types."
Second year trainee, London
"We have a great recruitment policy which targets a wide range of universities and all candidates are welcome. The firm also offers good childcare support and flexible working options. There is the usual problem of the male dominated top of the hierarchy but this is something that the firm constantly seek to address and in comparison with other city law firms, I believe my firm is way above average."
First year trainee, London
"Very committed - top 15 firm for diversity in the rankings and the firm has a decent number of committees for it. Not sure regarding promotion/childcare/maternity leave."
First year trainee, London
"Generally diversity seems okay. However only one female partner in Corporate and one in Finance - which is not a great look."
Second year trainee, London
"Diversity does not seem an issue. The women far outnumber the men at trainee and associate level and there are many foreigners at each level. At partner level, the women are less numerous perhaps simply as it takes time for equal opportunities recruiting at lower levels to feed upwards, but there is a great deal of flexibility when it comes to working hours, with several people working four-day weeks or at home one day a week due to children."
First year trainee, London
"Male/female split is pretty even. A substantial number of ethnic minorities including myself. Firm quite big on LGBT."
First year trainee, London
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