Linklaters has been ranked as the U.K.'s most diverse law firm in 2010 by the Black Solicitors Network (BSN) Diversity League Table, which ranks firms based on data from 48 law firms.

The ranking combines law firm demographics across 4 varied strands of diversity -disability, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, with policy as well as practice information from the firms.


Baker & McKenzie was named as the second most diverse law firm overall, with Norton Rose, Trowers & Hamlins and Irwin Mitchell making up the rest of the top five.

Linklaters managing partner Simon Davies stated that building a diverse culture was a main concern for the firm. He also added that they aim to have a functioning environment in which individual differences are esteemed and appreciated and colleagues support and encourage one another to excel. The BSN encourages the legal community to contribute to best practice and the Diversity League Table offers a supportive opportunity to gauge their progress.

Sarah Gregory, a partner and chair of the Diversity Committee at Bakers in London, stated that they worked hard to ensure that their culture is a diverse and comprehensive one and is therefore pleased to have achieved their best-ever ranking in the BSN diversity league table 2010.