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Diversity

8.3 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2019)

2019

"The firm pushes social mobility in particular. It has recently introduced a BAME network and an LGBTQ+ network. We have a good maternity leave policy and there is an annual D&I week."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"I think the firm is actively looking to improve on this as it introduced a number of initiatives this year."
First year trainee, Newcastle Upon Tyne
"The firm continues to grow and establish its commitments to diversity and inclusion at the firm through initiatives such as its diversity and inclusion week, BAME networks and LGBTQ+ networks."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"The diversity and inclusion week showcases all initiatives in place to encourage diversity and inclusion."
Newcastle
"The firm makes a lot of its diversity week and diversity at work is a regular discussion. I think it could do a lot more to help women returning from maternity."
Second year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"We have a very clear focus on diversity and inclusion. We hold dedicated weeks where we focus on different aspects and our #BeYourself campaign has been very successful."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"It's very committed to this and very welcoming of people of all backgrounds."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"It's a law firm, so it naturally has a corporate piecemeal attitude to diversity. Having said that, it appears to be streets ahead of lots of other firms with diversity weeks and blind recruitment."
First year trainee, London

2018

"The firm offers a lot of support. The firm has recently introduced mental health first aiders, which shows that they care about their employees' well-being."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"We have a diversity and inclusion committee that promotes this across the firm."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The firm is pushing its diversity and inclusion programme, which is good but still needs work. Our family friendly policies appear to be good though."
Second year trainee,
"I think there is a good representation of women across the firm but it could be stronger at the higher levels. There isn't an LGBT+ network that I'm aware of."
First year trainee, bristol
"We're getting there. There's flexible working and the firm seems to treat women well but could be better on the ethnic minority side."
First year trainee, London
"There's a big focus on diversity with a diversity inclusion week and flexible hours for those with kids."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"We recently celebrated diversity and inclusion week, which sought to engage and inform employees about the initiatives that the firm has in place to support a vibrant and diverse workplace where people can be themselves."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is exceptionally good at all levels, from meeting dietary needs to providing prayer areas and championing diversity etc. It also runs a great annual week-long event."
First year trainee, Normally Plymouth currently London
"The firm has upped its game on this recently following the BDiversity campaign and there are policies in place to encourage diversity. However, in the Newcastle office, there is not much diversity in terms of ethnicity and the partnership continues to be dominated by men. There do seem to be moves towards promoting more women to the associate level, but not as much towards the managing associate level."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"The firm is pushing a diversity and inclusion programme. This is good but still needs a bit of work."
First year trainee,
"We have had drives such as the diversity and inclusion week where people at all levels of the firm told personal stories about themselves and revealed things to help people feel included and understand that it is normal and acceptable to be different."
First year trainee, Southampton
"We recently had a diversity initiative. It would be good to see more women in the partnership but this is an issue that affects the whole legal industry, not just BD."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"A number of people have the option to work from home or part time."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"We're doing good things but there's more to be done (female partner promotions and apprenticeship schemes etc). We've also just had a diversity week, which was pretty revealing and interesting."
First year trainee, Bristol

2016

"Equality and diversity has been getting pushed recently, which is excellent. Flexible working for parents is very evident."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"It's been involved with promoting diversity in the community and I believe the firm is flexible around hours etc if childcare is an issue."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The corporate social responsibility committee is very active in this area."
First year trainee, Newcastle

2015

"The firm is a diverse place to work and I have never encountered anything but positivity around the issue of diversity. There are CSR initiatives in place to work with students at a local school which has the focus of improving social mobility. There are also many members of staff who work flexibly to be able to manage child care."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I don't have any reason to doubt that the firm's commitment to diversity is any less than it should be."
First year trainee, Plymouth
"I am unsure of the firm's efforts with regard to diversity."
Second year trainee, Newcastle

2014

"The firm are very good. We have a lot of female partners as well as a female representative on the board. However there could always be more."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm has a large proportion of junior female lawyers, with around 80% of intakes being female."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm has a great approach to diversity. Within the current trainee intake, over 60% of them are female which reflects the statistics for women in legal education. Maternity leave is accepted and it will not damage your career at the firm."
First year trainee, Southampton
"The four partners made up in July 2014 were all female at Bond Dickinson."
Second year trainee, Bristol
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