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A&L Goodbody

Diversity

7.7 / 10

(based on 57 ratings in 2018)

2018

"The firm is very strong on inclusion of LGBT+ employees and celebrates Pride Week with several firm-wide events and very visible rainbow decorations throughout the office."
Second year trainee,
"The firm does make an effort to encourage social mobility and to employ people from the local area. It also has an active pro bono programme and an LGBT group, which a lot of firms don't have. I do think the firm could do more to support women to reach partnership."
First year trainee,
"The firm is very committed to equality and diversity both in terms of programmes and initiatives, but also in action on the ground. I think it is a very inclusive environment and steps are continually being taken to ensure recruitment and policies for existing employees are inclusive."
Third year trainee,
"There appears to be some effort going into diversifying the firm across different ethnic minorities, though plenty more could be done. Lots of good work is done regarding the LGBT community within ALG. The maternity leave appears to be good, although having a majority of male partners suggests it does have an effect on promotion."
First year trainee,
"The firm has an excellent LGBT programme and ran very interesting and informative events during Pride Week. However, the firm could do better on gender equality as there is a large imbalance in the number of male and female partners."
Second year trainee,
"There is a very obvious and conscientious effort to promote diversity and inclusion in the firm. The firm has a diversity and inclusion working group that meets regularly and encourages trainees to attend and partake in the working group."
Third year trainee,
"The firm seems to be improving at recruiting people from a wider mix of universities (ie beyond Trinity, UCD and UCC). Female solicitors outnumber male solicitors but the ratio skews strongly towards men at the partner level. The firm has recently started putting more effort into recruiting more LGBT people. Pride Week is celebrated and organised by the firm's LGBT committee and the firm participates in the annual Dublin Pride parade."
Second year trainee,
"I would like to see more opportunities to support working mothers on qualification. It seems like the firm will only allow flexibility for working mothers if you are at associate level and above."
Second year trainee,

2015

"A&L Goodbody is extremely meritocratic. The proportion of males to females is close to 50:50 and there does not appear to be many obstacles to promotion for women. The culture is diverse and very open."
Third year trainee, Dublin
"From my experience and the people I've got to know in my firm I feel there is strong emphasis on building a diverse network of people within the firm."
Second year trainee, Dublin
"In my experience the firm is open-minded, and recruits and promotes based on merit. Women are reasonably well-represented in the partnership and I never feel that being a female or my age will hold me back."
First year trainee, Dublin
"The firm is improving in its diversity. There is still a gap between the amount of female partners and male partners but this gap is closing. The firm has recently introduced working from home for more senior positions which is very encouraging."
Second year trainee, Dublin
"In terms of diversity, A&L Goodbody recognise that individuals with different experiences, backgrounds and attitudes bring different perspectives and ideas to the organisation."
Third year trainee, Dublin
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