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Diversity

7.7 / 10

(based on 7 ratings in 2018)

2018

"The firm has a genuinely diverse feel and has people from different backgrounds and countries etc. There is also a diversity committee within the firm that promotes diversity and organises excellent diversity awareness events as well as events focusing on mental health and well-being."
Second year trainee, London
"Maternity leave and working from home is well respected."
First year trainee, London
"As an ethnic minority (whose parents immigrated to the UK) and having gone to a comprehensive school and a non-Russell Group uni, I think I'm a good example of the diversity here. We have a diversity committee and, each year, we have a day where we host an event dedicated to diversity. Orrick has an enhanced maternity leave and pay policy. In the past year a female ethnic minority was promoted to partner. We can do better though. It's simple things like making sure that diversity is reflected in our recruitment marketing materials."
First year trainee, London
"We have a dedicated diversity committee. The firm has a very good gender and ethnic balance but is lacking on less obvious diversity characteristics such as disability and LGBTQ+."
Second year trainee, London
"It's fine. There is a committee that organises events, they are well intentioned but are hampered by a lack of budget and organisation."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"There are people of different ages, ethnic backgrounds and socio-economic backgrounds."
First year trainee, London
"We have a diversity committee and they organise events throughout the year."
Second year trainee, London
"We have a diversity initiative day each year called DiveIn. It promotes diversity through a series of events that, in London, usually involve guest speakers coming in. There is a balance of male and female trainees in my intake and Orrick tends to recruit on individual personality. Orrick does have a generous maternity/paternity leave structure in place and works with a social mobility pro bono initiative."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a global commitment to diversity and inclusion, which can be seen through its recruitment practices and also through a number of events held globally each year organised by the diversity and inclusion committee. The firm feels inclusive with respect to ethnic minorities and LGBT and these do not represent a barrier to recruitment or promotion. The firm has good maternity and paternity leave policies and is supportive of those lawyers who do have children. The firm also has a women's initiative that supports the professional development of female lawyers."

2016

"We have a day dedicated to recognising diversity with various activities organised. The London office has a strong female presence."
First year trainee, London
"As an ethnic minority and a woman, Orrick attracted me for its focus on diversity and the steps it has taken to achieve this. There is a global event held every year focusing on a different theme to encourage diversity ie LGBT in the workplace, multiculturalism etc. Orrick offers flexible working, which is taken up by employees who have childcare responsibilities. Its flexibility in this regard shows the firm is keen on retaining talent and understanding that it's possible for a firm to be productive and successful without the traditional face-time approach to work."
Second year trainee, London
"This is taken very seriously. We partner with an employment charity and run sessions for students in the London office that trainees are encouraged to help out in. There are also firm-wide US-run initiatives that we take part in and Orrick is well regarded for its diversity programmes. It definitely feels like an integral part of the firm's culture, not just a tag on."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a good mix of people from different backgrounds, though recruitment is always carried out on the basis of merit."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a dive-in day once a year that celebrates diversity and aims to make people more aware of diversity issues. The firm is committed to hiring a diverse selection of people and, as far as I am aware, offers a competitive maternity leave package."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"I think we have good commitment to diversity. We have many female employees and especially in my department the approach to child care is brilliant - if you have young children you are able to leave at a very reasonable time. We have a number of LGBT employees and people from ethnic minority backgrounds. There definitely is a wide range of employees here."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has an annual day which recognizes diversity during which it puts on events to promote positive attitudes towards diversity."
First year trainee, London
"We have a relatively diverse office (for the City). Recruitment policy perhaps inevitably targeted at Oxbridge/Russell Group more than is ideal. Good percentage of female/minority ethnic/LGBT partners."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is aware of the need of maintaining a diverse environment. There is a committee within the firm which hosts events to spread the word about diversity and the initiatives taken by the firm to achieve this."
First year trainee, London

2014

"There is a strong female presence and the firm promotes diversity."
First year trainee, London
"There are lots of women around the office, and often in very senior positions which I think is promising for the future."
First year trainee, London
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