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Linklaters named Financial Times’ Diversity Leader 2020

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Linklaters has been named as a Leader in Diversity by the Financial Times in a new index, listing the 700 leading companies across Europe with outstanding diversity and inclusion policies. The independent study which assess employees attitudes to companies’ success in promoting all types of diversity including gender balance, openness to all forms of sexual orientation, disability as well as an ethnic and social mix that reflects wider society.

To develop the ranking the Financial Times and a pan-European research team at Statista surveyed the performance of 10,000 privately held and publicly listed companies employing at least 250 people in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Over 80,000 employees were interviewed across Europe and were asked to rate their own employers as well as other companies in the fields of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+ and general diversity. The Financial Times also gathered the opinions and testimony of HR and recruitment specialists throughout Europe, as well as analysing a number of diversity-focused criteria.

“As the firm’s Global Diversity Partner, it is really important to me that the experience of our people matches up with the firm’s values and ambitions. I am delighted that this independent study confirms that our people do, in fact, feel a commitment from the firm to diversity and inclusion and that they are proud of the work we have done so far. This ranking lets us know we are on the right path and that we need to continue our efforts, alongside other leading employers, to drive meaningful change for our community and beyond.”

David Martin, Global Diversity Partner

Linklaters LLP
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Diversity at Linklaters

We want to be known as the ‘best in class’ firm for Diversity & Inclusion, to create a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels they belong, and where diversity is celebrated.

We know that our differences make us a better law firm. Our diversity enables us to attract the best talent, drive innovation, and deliver the best experience to everyone who comes into contact with us. That’s why being a leader in Diversity & Inclusion is an integral part of our firm’s vision and strategy. As a responsible business, it is important to us that we represent the diversity of our people, our clients and our communities, and that we create an inclusive culture in which everyone - regardless of background, identity and circumstance - can reach their full potential.

Our stories

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Pride video 2019

Scott Simpson, Peter Cohen-Millstein, Vuyo Kwitshana, Peter Fairman, Lara Henriquez, Tim Zgraggen and Henri Olsen share their personal LGBT experiences and stories

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Making Links - Hope's story

Trainee Hope Levy-Shepherd talks about her journey to the firm and her involvement in the firm’s BAME Network and Reverse Mentoring scheme.

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Making Links - Daniel's story

 

Trainee Daniel Templeton talks about his life growing up in Liverpool and how he supports LGBT new joiners at the firm as part of his role on the With Pride Committee.

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Making Links – Sebastian’s story

Sebastian Krzyzak, future Linklaters joiner, shares his personal experience of moving to Northern Ireland from Poland and his journey to the firm.

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Celebrating LGBT Pride

Richard Hodgson, Patrick McCann, Charlie Beasley, Lily Merrick and Daniel Nascimento share their personal stories of being LGBT.

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Aspiring professionals: Young Women's Series

Since 2017 we have been working with The Social Mobility Foundation to help inspire and develop young women.

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Shared parental leave



Listen to Managing Associate Clare Baker discuss her experience of shared parental leave at Linklaters.

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Our Achievements

We are proud of what we have achieved on our D&I journey so far. Some of our highlights include:

> We elected 33% women and 37% women in our 2019 and 2018 new partner elections respectively. We also have 42% women on our Executive Committee and 36% women in our Director group. We are keen to keep up and build on this momentum.

> To date, 26 new Partners and 45 new Counsel are alumni of our Women’s Leadership Programme

> 56 senior leaders have been mentored as part of our Reverse Mentoring scheme

> We contributed to the landmark case in Hong Kong concerning LGBT+ rights – QT v. Director of Immigration. The ruling paves the way for greater LGBT+ equality in Hong Kong.

> We have joined the Human Rights Campaign in a new initiative to pursue strategic litigation in U.S. state and federal courts to address discriminatory actions against the LGBTQ+ community.

> Our Firmwide Managing Partner, Gideon Moore, was part of the delegation that attended an exclusive meeting at the Vatican to present a preliminary research report on the human rights abuses that arise from the criminalisation of same-sex acts in the Caribbean.

> We have been named by the Financial Times as a Leader in Diversity (2020), who listed the 700 leading companies across Europe with outstanding diversity and inclusion policies.

> We are delighted to have been named in The Times’ Top 50 Employers for Women for the sixth year running in 2019

> We ranked #9 in the 2019 UK Social Mobility Index, in recognition of our work to access and progress talent from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

> We were named as a Stonewall’s 2019 Top 100 Employers for LGBT people in the UK.

> We received the Gold Award in Japan’s first LGBT Pride Index for the fourth year in a row in 2019

> We ranked #1 in the Hong Kong in the Community Business 2019 LGBT+ Inclusion Index

> We were the first organisation to successfully achieve certification against the UK National Equality Standard (NES), in recognition of the outstanding work we do globally to raise awareness of the value and importance of Diversity & Inclusion.


Claudia Parzani was named on the 2019 Financial Times HERoes list of inspirational role models for women in business for the third year in a row.

Nathalie Hobbs was named as an Executive Ally to the LGBT community in the OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists 2019, for her outspoken and unwavering in support of LGBT+ people in the workplace.

Tom Shropshire was included in Green Park’s list of BAME 100 Business Leaders 2019, a showcase of the UK’s leading ethnic minority talent.

Celeste Jackson and Nandy Millette were selected to join The National Black Lawyers Top 40 under 40, a professional honorary organisation that recognizes the top 40 lawyers from each state in the U.S. who have demonstrated excellence or promoted diversity.

Richard Hodgson was named in the list of Top 10 LGBT+ Inspirational leaders at the 2019 British LGBT Awards.