DiversCity in Law 2012 – LGBT Recruitment Event

December has seen a range of activity relating to diversity going on at Pinsent Masons.  Across the UK we have been holding our annual Diversity Week, which has seen a range of activities taking place including: ‘bring your child to work day’, a Diwali celebration event including lantern making and an LGBT film night.  Attracting the very best people to Pinsent Masons is a key pillar of our ‘2020 vision’ and we can only achieve this if  everyone feels comfortable both applying to and working for the firm, whatever their background.

Diversity week was followed up with a recruitment event for LGBT candidates called DiversCity which Pinsent Masons co-hosted with seven other leading City law firms.  This was the second time we have run the event, which consisted of an afternoon of seminars and networking opportunities for LGBT students interested in pursuing a career as a commercial lawyer.

The event, which was advertised to students across the UK, took place at Freshfield’s London offices and was attended by over 40 students from a wide-range of different universities studying a variety of subjects.  We were delighted this year to see students travelling from as far afield as Glasgow, Newcastle and York to attend the event.

The half-day event included a number of different elements: a trainee panel focusing on LGBT life in London, various skills sessions from graduate recruiters, a panel of Partners discussing the importance of diversity to their firms and clients and finally a talk from Stonewall about how to identify LGBT-friendly employers.  The evening started a finished with some food and drinks and plenty of networking before everyone headed home.

The student feedback from the first event allowed us to make a number of improvements this year and the feedback from this year’s attendees has been very positive:

“It was an excellent event which opened my eyes to the networks in place for LGBT people in commercial law…the chance to hear far more about the ‘everyday’ experience of being a city lawyer, both socially and professionally, was exactly what I was looking for.”

“Commercial law most definitely has its downsides as well as the obvious benefits. The most important reminder from yesterday was that one should pursue commercial law with a full comprehension of the implications – applicants will be assessed and will succeed on the basis of merit.”

“Of all the career events I have been to this really stood out as the best.  It gave a genuine feeling as to the type of people you would be working alongside and was really reassuring.  I gained so much from the event.”

If you would be interested in attending a similar event in the future look out for details at your university careers service, LGBT society and participting firm websites from September 2013 onwards.