How would you rate the level of diversity at your firm?

Firm Score (/10)
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 9.63
Baker McKenzie LLP 9.45
Covington & Burling LLP 9.29
Osborne Clarke LLP


Latham & Watkins


Sullivan & Cromwell LLP


Forsters LLP 9.12
Eversheds 9.11
SAS Daniels LLP


Michelmores LLP 9.04
Birketts LLP 9.04
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP 9.01
Woodfines LLP 8.99
PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP 8.98
Foot Anstey 8.97
Pinsent Masons LLP 8.94
Bristows LLP 8.89
Forbes Solicitors 8.87
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld 8.85
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP 8.83
Farrer & Co 8.83

The legal profession continues to be heavily criticised for a lack of diversity among professional staff, despite initiatives that span back as far as the last decade. Efforts to recruit trainees from all ethnic groups and social classes have been ramped up in recent years since major clients began to list diversity and social responsibility among criteria when choosing their legal providers.

Debevoise & Plimpton leads the way in this category and is widely praised by trainees for its friendliness and inclusivity. At global giant Baker & McKenzie, trainees chose the firm because it ‘gave applicants of whatever background an equal chance’ and for its ‘LGBT diversity’. Highlights of working at Covington & Burling include its ‘unique personalities and diversity’ and ‘friendly and inclusive environment’; and likewise, Osborne Clarke boasts a ‘very open and inclusive environment’.

At Latham & Watkins, the ‘genuinely nice people to work with’ are ‘very friendly, approachable and inclusive’ and Sullivan & Cromwell and Forsters are also praised by trainees for similar attributes. Eversheds ‘genuinely lives up to its claim of being a workplace that values its staff and has been successful in fostering a positive attitude towards inclusiveness at all levels’.

North West firm SAS Daniels stands out, say trainees, for friendliness and collegiate culture, while Michelmores is ‘very friendly and inclusive, and just a nice place to work’.