16 City firms make it to LGBT top 100 employer list

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Sixteen City law firms feature in this year’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employer power list.

Top ranking firms include Pinsent Masons, holding onto the number two slot for the second year running; Baker McKenzie at number six pipping Berwin Leighton Paisner to the post in seventh, closely followed by Clifford Chance which dropped from fourth to eleventh place.

Compiled by equality charity Stonewall, the top 100 rankings — based on a benchmarking tool called the “workplace equality index” — are in recognition of the achievements of large organisations to promote inclusive places to work.

The accolades given to the legal profession also include ‘Gay Role Model of the Year’ which was awarded to an associate at Slaughter and May, Krishna Omkar, and ‘Senior Champion of the Year’ which was nabbed by Narind Singh, a corporate M&A partner at Clifford Chance.

The three City firms who made it to the top five of the power list also feature on the Trans Inclusion Top 10 — awarded to those organisations which have made the biggest improvements in trans inclusion in their workplaces: Baker McKenzie, Berwin Leighton Paisner and Pinsent Masons.

The 2018 Firms Most List

Other law firms — including a number of magic circle players — which made their mark on the top 100 are: Norton Rose Fulbright (19), CMS sharing the 26th slot with Travers Smith, Hogan Lovells (31) and Herbert Smith Freehills (33).

Outside of the top 50 were Taylor Wessing (51), Slaughter and May (54), Dentons (58), Kirkland & Ellis (73), Eversheds Sutherland and Linklaters sharing the 75th slot, and Allen & Overy (91).

The Ministry of Justice made a stunning entrance this year at number 13. More than 400 organisations participated in total. The top slot was awarded to the National Assembly for Wales.

Stonewall Top 100 UK (law firms only)

Ranking Firm
2 Pinsent Masons
6 Baker McKenzie
7 Berwin Leighton Paisner
11 Clifford Chance
19 Norton Rose Fulbright
=26 CMS
=26 Travers Smith
31 Hogan Lovells
33 Herbert Smith Freehills
51 Taylor Wessing
54 Slaughter and May
58 Dentons
73 Kirkland & Ellis
=75 Eversheds Sutherland
=75 Linklaters
91 Allen & Overy
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Ironically, this list is also useful to anyone looking to avoid PC firms that shove positive discrimination down everyone’s throats.



You sound like a real bundle of laughs. I’m sure Slaughters, Clifford Chance, Pinsents, Links, HSF etc etc will be crying buckets that you don’t want to work for them.



You may think I’m being flippant, but honestly if you don’t buy into identity politics and hyper-diversity then the environment at these firms will depress you and make your job even tougher.



There’s a reason only crap firms still harbour homophobes, racists and other bigots – to be the kind of person still moaning about women, gay, trans, or non white people you have to be basically really thick and therefore a rubbish lawyer.

Intelligent people really don’t give a fuck about working with people who are different to them, and support efforts to boost inclusion in the workforce. Hence why all the good firms tend to be good a thing this sort of thing.



Apart from the fact that you write like a five year old whilst accusing other people of being thick, let me summarise the two attitudes to ‘diversity’ without resorting to strawmen racists, homophobes etc.

Conservative: I couldn’t care less about sexuality, race, sex, whatever, I just want to work with the best people whoever they are.

Liberal: I really care about sexuality, race, sex, whatever -I want to work with the best people that represent these different groups.

Some people prefer equality of opportunity to equality of outcome. We’re not racists – in fact we care a lot less about race than pro-diversity liberals.


Losers: LGBT, women and non white people trigger me and I don’t like it when they’re recognised and do well.

Normal people: LGBT, women and non white people are severely underrepresented in law and it’s great that all the good firms have initiatives to make sure they retain their talented colleagues.

I didn’t start the shit slinging mate. But carry on boycotting all the MC and SC firms. It’s actually a massive bonus to these things that we keep people like you out.


Your intellectual ability is clearly limited if that is your best response.

I can only guess you are a white, male second year LLB student at a crap non-red brick (Keale, Nottingham Trent perhaps) who knows he can’t get a First to give himself a chance at a City TC, so spends his free time involved with lame Diversity initiatives run by the student union and Labour club in the desperate hope that this might impress HR at the most PC law firms, all the while developing a deep self-hatred for being white and male and blunting your already weak intelligence, as you’ve above.

Good day.


I know who wrote this. It’s got his fingerprints all over it.


I’m a white male MC trainee actually. Your bitterness suggests you’re projecting.


He/she clearly went to a state school, too. Badly educated and chippy.


Oh so what? Black people, Jewish people, Muslims, LGBT, Asians and every other minority does not believe in equality of opportunity but just want positive discrimination? Get a grip mate …

Legna & Lived

You all sound like douchebags and scums. STFU and stop complaining. Inclusion benefits all, hands down


I for one am glad.



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Legal Cheek comments on this article predictably a trash fire.



What about Simmons which is a ‘Star Performer’ and sits above the list (and thus is properly the top ranking)?…



Yes I wondered where Simmons had gone!



I’m not sure they’re “allowed” to compete any more – as you say, Simmons have been at the top for years!



From memory, Simmons refuse to sponsor Legal Cheek



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Massive lol


Dechert Slave

Bring it.



Surprised DWF isn’t up there. Working at DWF means you get f–ked in the backside regularly in the form of getting paid peanuts to work at a horrid firm


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