How would you rate the inclusiveness of your workplace environment?

The last thing you want to worry about at work is feeling like an outsider. When people are comfortable in their working environment, they can turn their focus to the tasks at hand, hence a diverse and inclusive workforce is a more productive one. Staff should be able to bring their whole selves to work without fear of discrimination. These Lex 100 winner firms made trainees feel right at home from the very beginning. ‘Being from a minority ethnic background myself, training at a diverse and inclusive firm was very important to me’ said a Latham & Watkins recruit. Meanwhile, at Leigh Day, there is a ‘genuinely open and inclusive atmosphere’ and at the Crown Prosecution Service ‘you feel like you can approach anyone and ask a question’. Steele Raymond ‘provides a caring and supportive environment in which to work’, whilst Howes Percival is described as ‘friendly and inclusive’. The teams at Hill Dickinson are ‘extremely friendly’ and at Brabners ‘people enjoy working with each other and are happy to help each other out and bounce ideas around, which produces a real team atmosphere’. Several Clifford Chance trainees cited ‘diversity and inclusion’ as one of the reasons for choosing the Magic Circle firm, whilst at Morrison & Foerster the ‘open and inclusive culture’ is one of the best things about the firm’. At Reed Smith ‘the diversity and inclusion aspects, including the PRISM (LGBT network) are particularly impressive at making people feel that they can be their true selves at work’.

Firm Score
Latham & Watkins 94.3
Leigh Day 94.1
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) 93.1
Steele Raymond LLP 91.4
Farrer & Co LLP 90.8
Reed Smith LLP 90.7
Hill Dickinson LLP 90.5
Howes Percival LLP 90.5
Morrison and Foerster (UK) LLP 90.4
Brabners LLP 90.2
Clifford Chance 90.1
Pinsent Masons LLP 90.0
Osborne Clarke LLP 90.0
Fieldfisher 89.8
Trethowans LLP 89.7
DAC Beachcroft LLP 88.6
Baker McKenzie 88.1
Fox Williams LLP 88.1
Mayer Brown International LLP 87.7
Shakespeare Martineau LLP 87.4