Law firms named as top employers by LGBT rights charity Stonewall

updated on 22 September 2020

LGBT rights charity Stonewall has named nine City law firms as top employers for their commitment to employment equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff. The law firms make up more than half of the total shortlist, which named 17 organisations in total.

The nine firms are, Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Dentons, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons. Multinational firm Baker McKenzie also received the ‘global trans inclusion award’.

The annual list is put together using submissions to the global workplace equality index, which is a benchmarking tool that employers use to create inclusive workplaces. The firms are marked across nine areas, including training and leadership policy, and the submissions must showcase their performance against a set of best-practice criteria.

Earlier in the year, Stonewall named Pinsent Masons as the “most inclusive law firm” in the UK. The law firm also placed fourth in the top 100 employers list.