US firms steal a march on UK counterparts in diversity stakes

| 14/11/2012 | 0 Comments

US firms are leading the way when it comes to the representation of ethnic minorities in their workforces, although proportions remain low across the board, this year’s diversity league table from the Black Solicitors Network has revealed.

The league table focused on analysing the numbers of female and ethnic minority partners, associates, trainees and paralegals at 30 UK top 100 firms, 13 international practices and seven top 10 City firms. It also noted the 10 most diverse employers in LGB and disabled employee terms.

The five firms with the greatest number of ethnic minority partners are O’Melveny & Myers with exactly one third of partners coming from a black or mixed race background; Simmons & Simmons with 18 per cent ethnic minority partners; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton with 13 per cent ethnic minority partners, all from an Asian background; White & Case with 12.5 per cent ethnic minority partners; and Paul Hastings, where 12 per cent of partners are from an ethnic minority background.

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The Diversity League Table is project-managed and published by Satsuma on behalf of the Black Solicitors Network.


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