Simmons retains crown as Stonewall’s most gay-friendly firm

Simmons & Simmons was named the most gay-friendly law firm for the second-year running by LGB charity Stonewall as the legal sector makes strides on LGB issues.

Daniel Winterfeldt
Daniel Winterfeldt

The City firm ranked 19th in the top 100 of gay-friendly employers and was one of seven firms to feature in the list.

The firm’s LGBT Network co-chair, partner David Stone, said: “We’re very proud to participate in Stonewall’s comprehensive index. It’s great to see seven law firms ranked in the top 100 LGB-friendly employers – law can indeed be a welcoming workplace for members of the LGB community, whether fee-earners or business services staff.”

Over the last year Simmons has taken a lead on LGB issues, implementing two strands of internal diversity training – one for managers and one for the rest of firm – as well as carrying out diversity monitoring.

Former US securities partner Daniel Winterfeldt, who recently left for CMS Cameron McKenna (10 January 2010), also took considerable initiative during his three years at the firm as founder of LGBT network InterLaw, which provides support, advocacy and visibility for its 800 members.

The other firms to feature in the top 100 are Baker & MacKenzie, Eversheds, Herbert Smith, Hogan Lovells, Irwin Mitchell and Pinsent Masons.

The number of law firms in the grouping increased on last year, when just four made the cut (13 January 2010).

There was a total of 378 entries this year, 26 of them in the legal sector. In addition 9,000 LGB individuals participated in a staff feedback survey intended to corroborate the employer responses. Participation is free.

The seven most gay-friendly law firms

Position in the top 100 Firm
19 Simmons and Simmons
30 Pinsent Masons
42 Hogan Lovells
45 Baker & MacKenzie
50 Herbert Smith
72 Eversheds
93 Irwin Mitchell

Source: Stonewall