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Diversity

9.1 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2016)

2016

"I am heavily involved in the firm's LGBT initiatives, and am encouraged to participate in internal and external events."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is committed to diversity. We have networks that actively organise events and initiatives."
Second year trainee, London
"Good on diversity, with a top rank in Stonewall."
First year trainee, London
"Very good – always highly ranked in Stonewall. A strong 'No.1 Club' women's network and other societies."
Second year trainee, London
"Varies from department to department. Active with regards to LGBT and Christian networks. Not so much with the other religious networks. Great women's network."
First year trainee, London
"Very strong compared to other firms on diversity regarding women etc. Often ranked as a top employer for such things."
First year trainee, London
"We have a strong LGBT network (and a straight allies network) and women's network with frequent internal and client events. Trainees are encouraged to get involved with these networks and help to plan and facilitate several of these events, which is ideal for boosting your internal/external networks. The women's network, in particular, has a trainee committee that meets regularly. I would say my trainee intake is quite diverse (in terms of LGBT, ethnicity, nationality, state/private school). Maternity leave seems generous, and in my experience departments are very supportive of the parent fee-earners. The firm also promotes flexible working (including working shorter weeks or working from home), but this may not work for more client-facing departments."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong

2015

"Simmons is very committed to diversity, there are loads of different networks in the firm, the firm is consistently ranked as one of the best firms for LGBT issues."
First year trainee, London
"There is a Women's Network and a LGBT Network (amongst others). There's less focus on ethnic minorities but as a minority myself I don't feel out of place and I've definitely noticed that my intake is quite diverse in terms of ethnicity and nationality."
First year trainee, London
"Simmons has a very active LGBT community plus firm has a straight allies network for non-LGBT employees who want to show support."
First year trainee, London
"Simmons is very committed to diversity with respect to women. They have many initiatives open to men and women (such as flexible working arrangements with no stigma) that assist people with other commitments. Further, the maternity leave policy is incredible and really shows a commitment to supporting family life."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The Senior Partner, Colin Passmore, is very committed to diversity and as such that commitment filters through. In my intake there is a 50/50 split as to male and female and a fair proportion of ethnic minorities. The firm also commits to work experience for students from diverse backgrounds at a school age to try and reduce barriers to the legal profession - Simmons works very hard in relation to the issue of diversity."
First year trainee, London
"Very good. Top Stonewall ranking and it is trying hard to improve the gender diversity."
First year trainee, London
"Simmons is one of the best firms in the City regarding diversity, childcare and maternity leave."
First year trainee, London
"We are consistently recognised as top performing legal firm in LGBT rights, as well as being a top 50 employer for women."
Second year trainee, London
"Diversity is a key element of the Simmons & Simmons culture."
First year trainee, London
"There are obvious pushes for greater diversity and recognition of differences. e.g. there is a straight allies programme, women's network, LGBT society, etc. The firm is always ranked very highly in the Stonewall index. There are notably fewer female partners than men and in the last round of partners made up only 2/8 were women."
Second year trainee, London
"Simmons is on the Stonewall index for best LGBT employers again this year as the highest ranking law firm."
Second year trainee, London
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