Diversity

7.3 / 10

(based on 8 ratings in 2017)

2017

"The firm is committed to trying to increase diversity with active committees focusing on increasing the number of female and ethnically diverse partners. There is also an active group promoting the rights of members of the LGBT community."
First year trainee, Norwich
"The firm is very committed but this is still ongoing. I wouldn't want to come out as LGBT in this firm yet as I don't feel there is as much commitment to the vision and values as is claimed. I think there should be more investment in training competent support staff (where there is diversity) and some fee earners could benefit from training in disability, discrimination and unconscious bias."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"There seems to be a concerted effort to increase female partners. The recruitment process has changed to help increase social mobility. For example, good grades from a bad school are valued higher than great grades from a great school."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I think the firm is committed to improving diversity in terms of women, ethnic minorities and LGBT and I am sure that the results of their endeavours will follow suit. I think more could be done to ensure that people from non-Oxbridge universities are hired."
Second year trainee, Cambridge

2016

"M&R's workforce is extremely diverse in terms of gender diversity. There is a high proportion of women and female partners. In terms of ethnic diversity in Cambridge, this is still lagging somewhat."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I have always felt that everyone has equal opportunities within my firm. Everyone is made to feel appreciated regardless of gender, sexual orientation etc. There has recently been an LGBT society established within the firm. I am visually impaired and the firm has always made every effort to accommodate me in any way they can, from discussing useful facilities with me to assisting with the complex IT equipment I use."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"Lots of female partners."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"I am aware that there is an LGBT group but other than that I don't really know. Seems to be a good mix of people."
Second year trainee, Cambridge

2015

"There is complete equality regarding gender at my firm. I have a visual impairment and the firm have been unbelievably supportive - making adaptations during the recruitment process and throughout my training contract."
First year trainee, Norwich
"The firm is very good and transparent about supporting these values. Lots of women and female partner role models (many of whom have families). The Norwich office does not have as much ethnic diversity as Birmingham or London offices but that is down to the levels of diversity in the city/county."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"The firm has very good ethnic diversity in the Birmingham office."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Women have a strong presence at Mills & Reeve and the firm is very supportive of single parents whether male or female."
Second year trainee, Norwich

2014

"There was a high proportion of women in both teams I have sat in and there are female partners to work alongside. Ethnic diversity in the Norwich office could be higher but this is probably reflective of the Norwich demographic as a whole. Ethnic diversity across the firm is positive though. Childcare has appeared to be very well facilitated in both of my seats so far."
First year trainee, Norwich
"The firm goes out of its way to ensure diversity in its work force, and there is a feeling that we are stronger as a firm because of this."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm is good in gender diversity (not sure whether this is also the case at partner level) but is still lagging behind (at least at fee earner level) in ethnic diversity."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm takes diversity seriously, which can probably be seen by the many partners being female."
Second year trainee, Cambridge

2013

"No apparent discrimination and there's equal opportunities for all."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"I have never noticed any particular issues and the firm is taking an increasingly flexible attitude to working patterns, job share, etc."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"There are quite a lot of people working part-time because of childcare commitments."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The firm is committed to diversity, and is very accommodating towards childcare and maternity leave."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"There is some flexibility for those who have children. There is lots of emphasis on moving up the ladder from solicitor to associate, etc."
First year trainee, Cambridge
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