14 law firms named in LGBT top 100 employer list

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A whopping 14 law firms have bagged spots in this year’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employer power list — with Pinsents Masons once again securing the accolade of highest-ranking legal player.

Pinsents secured 4th place on this year’s top UK 100 list complied by Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, with Baker Mckenzie and Travers Smith tying in 12th. Slaughter and May scooped 15th, closely followed by Hogan Lovells and Clifford Chance in 17th and 19th respectively.

The annual rankings are compiled from submissions to the charity’s ‘Workplace Equality Index’, a benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace.

Other firms recognised for their inclusivity efforts were Allen & Overy (22), DWF (30), Eversheds Sutherland (35), Taylor Wessing (51), Leigh Day (55), Linklaters (62), Mayer Brown (64) and Irwin Mitchell (74). The Solicitors Regulation Authority placed 93rd.

Pinsent Masons and Leigh Day also received special recognition as some of the UK’s top trans-inclusive employers, while Slaughters was the legal sector’s highest climber — leaping 55 places to secure 15th.

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Sanjay Sood-Smith, Stonewall’s executive director of workplace & community programmes, said: “Pinsent Masons and all of the legal sector organisations in this year’s Top 100 Employer’s list are playing a huge role in improving the lives of LGBT people, and should be very proud of their work.

She continued:

“We still don’t live in a world where everyone is able to be themselves in the workplace, as we know more than a third of LGBT staff (35%) hide who they are at work. By taking steps to make their workplaces supportive and welcoming of all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, these organisations are bringing us closer to a world where everyone is accepted without exception.”

Top spot in this year’s rankings went to Newcastle City Council, followed by housing association Gentoo Group (2) and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (3).

Stonewall Top 100 UK (law firms only)

Ranking Firm
4 Pinsent Masons
=12 Baker McKenzie
=12 Travers Smith
15 Slaughter and May
17 Hogan Lovells
19 Clifford Chance
22 Allen & Overy
30 DWF
35 Eversheds Sutherland
51 Taylor Wessing
55 Leigh Day
62 Linklaters
64 Mayer Brown
74 Irwin Mitchell

You can view the full rankings here.

The 2020 Legal Cheek Firms Most List



Great to know we’re 74th best at treating gay people well whilst I’m dumpster diving for my dinner tonight after an unsatisfying day setting road accident whiplash claims.



A handy list of firms to avoid if you’re not a fan of woke identity politics.



“woke identity politics”? It is Neanderthal attitudes like that which prove a continuing need for lists like this. You should be ashamed of yourself, but I bet you are not.


Jones Day Partner

Does anyone else find it entirely disingenuous that the Ls, Gs, Bs, Ts and Qs and +s are lumped together in one bracket as if their circumstances are even at all remotely similar?



Not really- the commonality is acting outside an expected gender role, and a lot of shared experiences related thereto (such as coming out, which is a near universal experience for LGBTQ+ people).

There are also historical reasons for the grouping, in that people in these groups have campaigned together over the years for rights that benefit them all, although the Ts have often done more than their share of campaigning and got less than their fair share of rights.


Joe Bloggs

Yes! I’m a gay man and I feel precious little in common with lesbians and transgender people. Identity politics sucks!



No CMS. That will sting a bit. They put a lot of focus on the LGBTQI^_nWo+ sectors



Where are the proper US firms in this list?



Mayer Brown has a PEP higher than all MCs (except for Slaughters)… surely that would make it a “proper US firm”?

Comments like these are so immature…



Mayer Brown isn’t an all equity partnership, so hardly a fair comparison.


Future PE Lawyer

Where is Kirkland?



Cheering on the House’s counsel ripping apart the democrat’s case at the impeachment.


Showround @ Bakers

Wtf is a Kirkland



“woke identity politics”? It is Neanderthal attitudes like that which prove a continuing need for lists like this. You should be ashamed of yourself, but I bet you are not.


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