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Diversity

6.6 / 10

(based on 16 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Despite having a very male-dominated partnership and senior leadership, the firm does appear to be taking steps to improve the environment for women and LGBT people in particular. A lot more needs to be done in relation to ethnic minorities but the firm does seem to be aware of this."
First year trainee, London
"The firm puts out a good image on diversity but I'm not sure how well it translates through to practice. The firm is excellent on male/female diversity, but I'm not convinced on the ethnic minority side of things."
First year trainee, London
"Great maternity leave policy."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has a number of networks committed to supporting diversity within the firm. For example, we have an LGBT network and a parents and carers network. The firm is also involved in initiatives such as Bright Futures."
Second year trainee, London
"Maternity policy is one of the best in the City. RPC is very committed to diversity and a lot of work is done towards this (eg LGBT forum, the Female Insurers Group, 30% club)."
Second year trainee, London
"This was an area of concern when I first arrived but has been made a priority in the last 18 months. We now have targets for women at partner level, increases in maternity leave pay, use of RARE recruiting software etc."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"This is a bit of a weird one. I think RPC are leaps and bounds ahead of most other law firms but the legal profession as a whole is miles behind the trend. Generally, RPC recruits more women than men at the bottom end of the scale (trainees/new qualifiers) but the partner ratio is significantly skewed towards men. Maternity leave is, I think, seven months or so better than many firms. Promotion is generally transparent. There isn't that much diversity in relation to ethnic minorities, although I don't know how many applications are received from them."
First year trainee, London
"I think this is improving and the firm is very aware of diversity and its importance. There are several committees within the firm dedicated to working parents, women and LGBT."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The firm is part of the DiverCity initiative, which has recently won an award at the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion awards."
First year trainee, London
"Although personally I think that the firm could be more diverse than it is at the moment, I believe that they are actively trying to improve this area, and I would say that it is the number one priority at the moment."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Recently a diversity team has been created to ensure this is kept at the fore-front of our minds."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Diversity and inclusion across the board is a recent key theme of management. This includes support for parents, a developing LGBT network and a focus on linking these initiatives with clients and their networks to pioneer change."
First year trainee, London
"There are lots of programmes to encourage diversity here."
First year trainee, London
"RPC is making a real effort in terms of its commitment to diversity. I am particularly pleased to see the work that is going into improving female retention rates, LGBT opportunities and flexible working opportunities for working parents."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I'm not able to give any personal insight into any of these issues. RPC has a similar gender profile to many firms in that most trainees and junior associates are female, but the firm becomes progressively more male-dominated at higher levels of seniority. Similar comments could be made regarding ethnic diversity. I put much of this down to society-wide issues rather than anything the firm is doing wrong."
First year trainee, London
"I have seen first hand that solicitors have gone on maternity leave and have been able to come back and work on a part time basis so it is clear that the firm is supportive of these situations."
First year trainee, London
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