9 City law firms named top LGBT employers

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Stonewall list recognises efforts to create inclusive workplaces

Nine City law firms have been recognised for their efforts to create inclusive global workplaces in this year’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employer power list.

LGBT charity Stonewall today announced its 17 ‘Top Global Employers’ for 2020, and over half of the entries are law firms.

Employers on the list, which is now in its ninth year, represent those who have gone “above and beyond to push for LGBT equality” within their organisations and in wider society. The annual list is compiled using the charity’s ‘Global Workplace Equality Index’, a benchmarking tool which assesses entrants on criteria including training, staff engagement, policies and leadership.

The law firms commended for their commitment to LGBT employment equality are, in alphabetical order, Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Dentons, Freshfields, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons.

Three of the firms received awards in recognition of their inclusivity efforts. Dentons’ Igor Ostrowski was named Global Senior Leader for supporting legal action against Polish newspaper Gazeta Polska and the distribution of ‘LGBT+-free zone’ stickers in cities across Poland. Allen & Overy’s A&Out network was named Global LGBT Network, while Baker Mckenzie won an award for Global Trans Inclusion.

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Nancy Kelley, chief executive of Stonewall, said:

“The progress we’ve made towards LGBT equality has never felt more fragile, so it’s inspiring to see the work our Top Global Employers are doing to protect and support their LGBT staff in some extremely difficult contexts. We know that getting this right isn’t easy, but it is vital — especially because not all parts of the world are progressing at the same pace.”

The other top employers to make this year’s list were Accenture, BP, Fidelity International, GSK, HSBC, NatWest, Vodafone and Zurich Insurance.

Earlier this year Stonewall named 14 City law firms in its top 100 employer list.

City law firms moved their annual Pride celebrations online this year in light of COVID-19. Bingo, discos and virtual ‘voguing’ were some of the activities the LGBT community and their allies took part in.

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Exactly. When will a list like this be made for disability discrimination, which is far more prevalent and damaging than anti LGBT discrimination.



It already exists- an organisation called VERCIDA does one every year.

Although, obviously, the existence of the two lists are not mutually exclusive, so I’m not sure what your point is.


2nd year law @ Camb

Opinions on Dentons/BCLP/Pinsents as places to train?


PM associate

BCLP probably most prestigious but excellent training at PM



PM has lovely views from their client floors.



Dentons a shower. Low quality training / quality of work in some (not all) practise areas.

Supervision requires significant reorganisation, which they are in the process of implementing (more out of necessity / perception rather than choice).

Bad culture with high turnover. Avoid.



Wish I could opt out of diversity training like Tory MPs.



Tick the box, bite the tongue and move on.



Wtf is “virtual voguing”? What a time to be alive…



Why TF has “LGBT equality has never felt more fragile”? Can’t think of a time is has been less fragile.


Aged Man

Why is this news? I have been around, and LGBT faces the least discrimination of anyone these days. No one cares who you fancy.

I’ll be impressed when I see these firms progress on keeping women in the profession (attrition remains too high vs men) and retention of black / brown trainees improves (I refuse to use BAME as it includes an army of rich Singaporeans etc.).


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