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Diversity

7.3 / 10

(based on 20 ratings in 2018)

2018

"A lot of effort goes into expanding the recruitment efforts to attract a range of people, though the retention rates of women are not good enough. Men should be encouraged to take longer parental leave."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is really trying to push for diversity. However, it is still ultimately Oxbridge white male dominated at the top end (but no more so than other firms). The trainee intakes tend to be better in terms of diversity (particularly gender) but it has to be said that there is a large number of white Oxbridge-educated trainees too."
Second year trainee, London
"Things are definitely improving. More and more associates are now taking maternity leave rather than only having children once they've made partner. The most recent partnership round consisted of three women (one of whom has taken maternity leave) and a gay man, which was really nice to see. There are also a lot of senior female associates on the partnership track. Non-transactional groups are generally further ahead on diversity."
Second year trainee, London
"The unifying quality of most people who come to work at Slaughters is that they/we are privileged and have been to Oxford and Cambridge. I think there should be fewer recruitment events at Oxford and Cambridge; it's excessive. There are women's network events but I feel that men should be invited to participate in the conversations about balancing family life and work etc."
First year trainee, London
"The higher levels of the firm haven't changed a great deal, although the junior and mid-level associates are quite diverse and the firm seems to be making an active effort to improve on this."
Second year trainee, London
"There are many networks for diversity and it is a regularly discussed topic."
Second year trainee, London
"As a woman of an ethnic minority, I have never experienced any problems. The people at the firm have been very welcoming and open to discussing the issues so that the firm can improve. The DIVERSE Committee, Women's Network, PRISM (LGBT network) and Parent's Network among many others, are all examples of this. There's strong recruitment of women, LGBTQs and ethnic minorities now, it's much better than in the past."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"We have a whole range of networks, and diversity is often discussed with the firm looking for ways to improve."
First year trainee, London
"I haven't experienced a great deal of sexism, and the LGBT society is very active. Obviously more could be done in terms of ethnic minorities, but that's a systemic issue that needs to be tackled at the university/school level as well, so there is a limit to what the firm can do."
First year trainee, London
"The trainee recruitment is about 50-50 male/female. The maternity leave policy is generous."
First year trainee, London
"Open culture (lots of diversity networks), and the usual City commitment to increasing diversity in recruitment and retention."
Second year trainee, London
"There are groups for women, ethnic minorities and LGBT professionals."
Second year trainee, London
"Strong commitment to diversity that does not match its reputation. A significant amount of effort is put into increasing diversity in all areas."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is committed but its commitment doesn't show through in the stats. For example: only one in ten partners this year was female. There are good events for women every month. Seems to be very few ethnic minorities among my trainee intake."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The firm has strong diversity programmes and an LGBT network that regularly hosts drinks and other events."
First year trainee, London
"The firm seems to be improving in terms of diversity (although there is still a long way to go) - it is noticeable that at senior levels the proportion of women is lower than that among junior lawyers and trainees. The firm is clearly making efforts in terms of introducing more flexible working arrangements and in having prominent diversity networks, however, so it´s fair to say that it is aware of various issues and is trying to address them."
Second year trainee, London
"There are many diversity groups and a strong commitment to this, especially at partner level. The firm's overall attitude is good."
First year trainee, London

2014

"In common with most other major law firms, there is still a long way to go in improving diversity. Once people are here, it is a meritocratic environment. However there are a huge number of Oxbridge graduates in each trainee intake and the partnership is very male-dominated."
First year trainee, London
"It is clear that the firm is committed to diversity at trainee level. There is far less diversity towards the higher levels. This is being addressed with new initiatives such as flexible working."
First year trainee, London

2013

"I would like the firm to take social mobility more seriously, but it has sound policies on other forms of diversity."
Property, Newly qualified solicitor, London
"There is an active Diversity Partner who works hard at this. Ultimately - everything is irrelevant on recruitment here as long as you demonstrate sufficient academic ability."
Second year trainee, London
"Not possible to work here and have a family unless you are a partner. Ethnically diverse but almost everyone is from a privileged background."
First year trainee, London
"Good on diversity. Several events to promote the firm to diverse background of students. The firm expects a high academic standard of its candidates but this is not limited to a few universities. Good opportunities regarding child care, such as four-day weeks for certain associates."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"My peer group is much more diverse than many of my friends' peer groups at other firms. Whilst there are less female partners than at other firms, the firm has started to launch initiatives to redress the imbalance."
Second year trainee, London
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