News Law firms Linklaters is UK’s most diverse firm, says exclusive research By Matt Byrne 17 December 2010 11:38 17 December 2015 15:38 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Vercingetorix 17 December 2010 at 15:07 I am astonished that Freshfields and Slaughters don’t feature in the top 5! Reply Link Anonymous 17 December 2010 at 16:38 You have to question the accuracy of the research when firms have to pay to take part in it. Fair play to those listed, and it’s great that firms are taking diversity seriously, but it may as well be an advertorial. Very poor. Reply Link Anonymous 17 December 2010 at 17:29 This was one of the reasons why I chose Linklaters over Freshfields and Slaughters when I had offers from all three for TCs. Linklaters was much more diverse and it is one of its big assets. It seemed a much easier workplace to be part in. Reply Link Tim 17 December 2010 at 23:14 The real test of diversity is the amount of lawyers and partners educated solely in the state sector. I wonder where Linkies ranks here? Race and sexuality are weak indicators of diversity. Imo sexuality is irrelevant and there are lots of asian/oriental/black lawyers educated in the private/public school system. Reply Link Anonymous 18 December 2010 at 10:11 Complete tosh. Sure, Linklaters has some black / brown faces at the junior end — but take a look at it the managing associate / partnership level. Linklaters is about as diverse as Batman’s wardrobe. Reply Link Anonymous 19 December 2010 at 10:08 No surprise (at all!) that (Hogan) Lovells is not the list. Reply Link Anonymous 19 December 2010 at 15:07 no surprise CC is not on the list Reply Link Anonymous 20 December 2010 at 14:13 Maybe weightings should be given in categories such as race and sexuality to give an overall diversity score. Maybe included in this weighting should be school attended. I agree with Tim that a real test of diversity is the amount of lawyers and partners educated solely in the state sector, nit forgetting that within the state sector there are a whole range of schools ranging from really good selective grammar schools to bad comprehensives. Reply Link Luke 21 December 2010 at 12:52 @ Anonymous | 20-Dec-2010 2:13 pm Weighting is given to race/ethnicity and sexuality, as well as gender and disability, but not at this stage to social background. @Anonymous | 17-Dec-2010 4:38 pm The BSN is not for profit. Firms and chambers do pay a fee of £495-£795 to participate but this intended to cover data collection, analysis and publication. I don’t think it can be described as advertorial as some firms pay the money and participate but score badly. Reply Link Jamal Ridzuwan Musa 21 December 2010 at 19:26 And how about Herbert Smith? Reply Link Anonymous 23 December 2010 at 17:26 So why don’t demographics count. Law firms are terrible employers (amongst the worst), fact! Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.