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Diversity

9.3 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The firm has been championing many diversity-related initiatives and the progress is noticeable. The LBGT group and the diversity committee are visible. The workforce is diverse, with high rates of female lawyers. Ethnic minorities and disabled employees are also well-represented."
First year trainee, London
"We have committees for women, ethnic minorities and LGBT. They organise regular events that anyone can attend. The women's network is particularly active and tries to ensure that women in the firm get the opportunities to be promoted and give talks about their experiences of becoming partners or working while looking after children."
First year trainee, London
"High levels of commitment across all areas – women, minorities and LGBT."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm excels in this area across the board (from LGBT to disabilities)."
Second year trainee, London
"One of the best firms for diversity."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has won several awards for its schemes in relation to LGBT, women, and ethnic minorities. There's also good maternity and paternity leave."
First year trainee, London
"There are internal networks focusing on female lawyers, BME lawyers, disabled lawyers and LGBT lawyers respectively and the firm is committed to making progress in all of these areas."
First year trainee, London

2015

"From my experience, as someone of mixed background who is not English, and does not have English as their first language, diversity at the firm is excellent."
First year trainee, London
"The firm place an emphasis on diversity, and the firm offers flexible working for mothers. Although I feel that there is little ethnic diversity the firm organise a lot of LGBT events."
First year trainee, London
"I think that Reed Smith is very committed to diversity and believe that it is really easy for trainees to get involved in the numerous diversity initiatives the firm offers."
First year trainee, London
"Diversity is clearly an integral part of the Reed Smith ethos. This is both in the firm and outside of the firm. I have attended a number of networking sessions with groups aimed at increasing diversity within the City."
First year trainee, London
"Diversity initiatives at Reed Smith are brilliant, and they are continually growing."
First year trainee, London
"I see that the firm is visibly diverse: it is clear that they make an effort to employ people with various backgrounds."
First year trainee, London
"I think that the diversity at the firm is really good, and personally I believe that it is one of the most diverse firms in the country."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The firm does a lot of work supporting people within these groups at the firm. In terms of recruitment they have a lot of involvement with the BLD, often having groups of students come in for taster days."
First year trainee, London
"Relatively good compared to other firms, but still a long way to go on all measures. I know of senior (female) lawyers who work flexi-time and work from home a couple of days a week. There appears to be a culture within the firm that supports this."
First year trainee, London
"Participates in diversity events which look to encourage people from minorities to pursue a career as a solicitor. My intake is not particularly diverse though."
First year trainee, London
"There is a diversity and ethics group who work hard and are very active. The firms takes diversity very seriously."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is very committed to diversity. Lawyers at all levels are encouraged to be involved in events. Graduate recruitment arranges specific days for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to visit and meet lawyers and trainees. The firm has an active diversity committee."
First year trainee, London
"LGBT initiative is very strong within the firm; flexible working agreements are considered; graduates with different backgrounds are hired - the firm is one of few City employers that does not hold overseas degrees against candidates."
First year trainee, London
"Very flexible when it comes to maternity leave/childcare. There is a big push on diversity because it is very important to the firm."
First year trainee, London

2013

"There seem to be a lot of initiatives and discussions about this but I am not sure how effective this has all been in bringing in diverse talent."
Second year trainee, London
"We have a specialist diversity team who endeavour to make sure that the firm are as effective as possible."
First year trainee, London
"Lot of high-profile female lawyers (firm works hard to help with childcare in allowing lawyers to use remote log on to work from home); many female partners; friendly towards LGBT community."
First year trainee, London
"There is a sociable LGBT society called REGAL."
Second year trainee, Athens
"Diversity committee exists and provides training."
1 yr PQE, London
"A lot of focus on diversity from business development, HR, etc. Statistics starting to show the effort that is put in."
First year trainee, London
"Although the firm does have a diversity committee, I did feel that the firm could do more to recognise the needs of people with non-apparent disabilities (to the eye) such as diabetes (for instance regular eating)."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
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