Stonewall has released it's annual top 100 employer's list, which has named MI5 as the best employer in the country for promoting LGBT diversity.
Law firms have a particularly strong presence in the rankings with Pinsent Masons, Clifford Chance, Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer, Norton Rose Fulbright, Herbert Smith Freehills, DWF, Hogan Lovells, CMS Cameron McKenna and Eversheds all featuring in the Top 100.
This shows that the legal profession are conscious of diversity within their sector. For further insight into social mobility and diversity within the sector have a read of Byfield's recent report 'Opening up or shutting out? Social mobility in the legal profession'.
MI5 has come top in Stonewall’s top 100 employers’ list, a remarkable trajectory for the British intelligence agency that only lifted its historic ban on gay people 25 years ago. More than 400 companies took part in the list compiled by the charity, which campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across Britain. Lloyds Banking Group was second, with the National Assembly for Wales in third. A survey revealed that MI5 last year provided staff with quality employment policies, training, career development opportunities, and especially support for LGBT employees.