The results of the latest UK 200: Diversity Audit report by The Lawyer reveal the state of diversity in UK law firms and the top five law firms to work for in terms of diversity and inclusivity.
The report, which can be viewed here, revealed that much has been done to promote and improve diversity across the legal sector, after law firms had initially been slow to recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce. There are now many diversity programmes and initiatives in place within top law firms in a drive to make the legal profession more representative of the UK as a whole.
Yet despite the multitude of diversity initiatives, the report revealed that these efforts have had little impact at partnership level, with the majority of partners still being privately educated, heterosexual, white males. For example, only 35 per cent of partners in UK law firms are female, 3 per cent are from an ethnic minority background and 2 per cent identify as LGBT.
The Lawyer did find that five UK 200 law firms stood out as diversity champions because of the way they have integrated diversity and inclusion into their strategic priorities. CMS, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters and Pinsent Masons all impressed as firms who have put in place ambitious diversity targets and have made diversity a board-level issue.