Recognition and partnerships

Slaughter and May has a reputation for providing exceptional legal service, which is recognised and valued by our clients. But there is more to us than this. We are an outward looking, internationally minded collective of individuals who possess significant resources, knowledge and influence to create a substantial and positive impact.

Awards and recognition

Social Mobility Employer Index

In 2023, we ranked 19th in the Top 75 Social Mobility Employer Index which lists the UK employers who have taken the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace.

Law Society Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award

We received the ‘Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion’ award at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2017 for our work on ethnic minority inclusion. We were shortlisted for the award for our sponsorship of the Old Vic’s production of “Sylvia” in 2019.


30% Club

We are members of the 30% Club - a voluntary, business-led organisation that campaigns for at least 30% female representation on the Boards and Executive committees of companies. We also provide mentors and mentees for the cross-organisational mentoring scheme run for high-potential women.

upReach social mobility partnership

We launched the Law Springboard programme in partnership with upReach in 2019. It is designed to improve access to the legal sector for high potential undergraduates from lower socio-economic backgrounds. We have supported over 450 students to date though the programme and continue to run this annually.

Stonewall Global Diversity Champions

The Global Diversity Champions programme is Stonewall's best-practice employers' forum for international organisations who are committed to LGBT+ equality across the world.


We partner with INvolve, a leading organisation aimed at championing diversity and inclusion within businesses. We run joint initiatives including mentoring and development days for BME, LGBT+ and female individuals.

Valuable 500

We are proud to be signatories to the Valuable 500, a global movement putting disability on the business leadership agenda. This initiative aims to ignite systemic change through profiling leaders and businesses who are championing disability inclusion.

The 93% Club

The 93% Club is a student-run charity that aims to provide opportunities and a network for state-educated university students in the UK. The partnership helps us to meet a network of students at universities across the UK. 

93% Professionals

Slaughter and May is a founding member of 93% Professionals - an online and in-person community for state-educated professionals, powered by The 93% Club. Recognising that the workplace culture can, at times, feel unfamiliar for some, and to complement our existing diversity and inclusion efforts, our partnership with The 93% Club provides state-educated colleagues with a community of peers to support them as they enter and progress at work.

Rare Recruitment

Rare is a specialist diversity graduate recruitment company. We were one of the first law firms to collaborate with Rare over a decade ago and we have recruited many work experience students and trainee solicitors through our sponsorship and involvement with their Articles (Black heritage) and Discuss (social mobility) programmes. We collaborate with Rare to provide career-long coaching for all Rare recruits at the firm. 

Women in the City Afro-Caribbean Network

We are the first Magic Circle law firm to become Platinum Sponsors of Women in the City Afro-Caribbean Network and host a range of networking and interview skills sessions for their members. 

Black Excellence Network (BEN)

BEN is a network for black students built by black students which challenges the disparities in educational attainment. The firm’s Trainee Recruitment Team first partnered with BEN in 2021 as their headline law sponsor. BEN members have direct access to our lawyers as ‘consultants’ and are invited to recruitment events. 

Black Counsel Forum

We sponsored the Black Counsel Forum 2022 which equipped Black heritage lawyers with practical road-tested strategies to help them navigate their careers successfully and network with experienced barristers and solicitors. 

Legal CORE

In October 2021, we spearheaded a collaboration with seven other founding firms, to launch Legal CORE, the first leadership-led, cross-firm collective aimed at tackling the underrepresentation of ethnic minority groups in the UK’s legal sector.

Black Equity Organisation (BEO)

We are proud to be one of six law firms that have collaborated, with both funding and pro bono support, to assist with the development and launch of BEO, the UK’s new national and independent Black British civil rights organisation, created to advance justice and equity for Black people in Britain.

10,000 Black Interns

We partner with 10,000 Black Interns, an initiative that aims to transform the horizon and prospects of young Black people in the UK by offering paid work experience across a wide range of industries, as well as world-class training and development.


We are a member firm of NOTICED, the UK’s first collaborative inter-law firm diversity network aimed at promoting opportunities to integrate, celebrate and educate on diversity across the legal sector, with a particular focus on ethnic minorities within the profession. The firm co-hosted a panel discussion on ‘Women in Law: Progression in Leadership’. 

General Counsel for Diversity and Inclusion

We are active members of this client-led commitment to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across corporations and law firms. 

Halo Code

The Halo Code explicitly protects Black employees who come to work with natural hair and protective hairstyles associated with their racial, ethnic, and cultural identities.

By adopting the Halo Code, we are proactively taking a stand to ensure that no member of their community faces barriers or judgments because of their Afro-textured hair. You can read the Halo Code workplace commitment in full here.

Sunday Times Open Letter

The Times open letter is a commitment by businesses to hold themselves to account to tangible measures on Black inclusion. We are signatories alongside more than 30 CEOs.