6 City law firms secure spots on LGBT ‘Top Global Employers’ list

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Stonewall index celebrates businesses inclusion efforts

Six City law firms have secured places on this year’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) ‘Top Global Employers’ list.

Produced by the charity Stonewall, the annual list showcases the endeavours of multinational businesses who have gone above and beyond to create “inclusive workplaces” for LGBT staff. It is compiled using the charity’s ‘Global Workplace Equality Index’, a benchmarking tool which assesses entrants on a range of criteria including training, staff engagement and leadership.

In total, 14 global companies made this year’s list, six of which are law firms. In alphabetical order, the outfits are: Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Freshfields, Herbert Smith Freehills, Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons.

Other top employers to make the cut include Accenture, Barclays, BP, GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, RBS, SAP and Vodafone. The list was formally announced yesterday evening at a ceremony in London.

As well as bagging spots on this year’s list, HSF scooped the ‘Global Community Engagement Award’ for its work with local and regional LGBT and human rights groups, while Georgia Dawson, Asia managing partner at Freshfields, secured the ‘Global Senior Champion Award’ for her work helping forge partnerships with professional LGBT networks.

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Commenting on her success, Dawson said: “It is a real honour to receive the Global Senior Champion Award from a respected organisation like Stonewall. The award actually reflects the work of a large number of colleagues who believe, as I do, that what we are doing as an organisation is vital because it engages a fundamental human right — equality.”

Ruth Hunt, chief executive of Stonewall added: “In recent years, there’s been great progress in lesbian, gay, bi and trans rights in many countries throughout the world. Yet despite this, the fight is far from over. There’s been a row back on the few protections LGBT people have and some countries are becoming increasingly repressive, with LGBT people facing widespread discrimination, violence and persecution. Multinational employers have a vital role to play in changing this.”

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Taylor Wessing now pays £77k NQ. Any news on Baker McKenzie ???



90k base



Love how much CMS bang on about being diverse and inclusive yet have failed to secure a top spot.


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It’s because this is a list of “top” global employers.



Someone behind me in my open plan office has a really annoying typing method. The keys sort of clunk with a deeper tenor than the normal quick flick typing method. It’s not important, or relevant, but it makes me feel better to express it somewhere.



Ah open plan; the love of tight-fisted partners everywhere. Isn’t it total shet?

I miss the biglaw firms in my home country, every lawyer from NQ and up gets their own office. You can shut out all the noise so you can wallow in self pity and cry in peace.



Would those crimes not have happened if there was no Pride? Of course they wouldn’t. So why don’t you crawl back under whichever bigoted rock you crawled out from, and stop posting this contrived, irrelevant, nonsensical, juvenile bumslurry in the future.



I don’t believe anyone should be given a training contract just because they are gay. It should only be based on merit. Unfortunately, we have too many TC places being given to gays and feminists just to push diversity figures up.



Leftists took over the Uk…



Maybe you didn’t get a TC because you’re thick rather than because you’re not gay.



This article was plagiarised from a article (, posted 5 hours before this one.

The quotes are changes around, and the structured reordered, but the content is entirely stolen.

Just like the Winckworth article, yet more plagiarism.







Aldridge is a total loser

Deleting comments again. Do you seriously think anyone comes to this piece of shit website for anything other than the spicy comments?



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