Our internal diversity networks

These are our internal networks and groups we have established, click to view more information.

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Diversity at Akin:

Women’s Initiatives

Akin’s women’s professional development initiative has been in existence at the firm for over a decade and is now part of the Women’s Firmwide Resource Group (FRG).  The Women’s Resource Group seeks to maintain a supportive and collaborative environment for the firm’s women lawyers. The committee ensures London office policies relating to women are supportive and competitive and also actively supports the retention of women lawyers and their promotion to leadership roles. Some of our recent women’s initiatives include implementing a programme of regular virtual catch-up sessions for female lawyers during the pandemic, business development training tailored to our female counsel and the introduction of a menopause policy for all female staff in the London office.  We are proud that, in the last five years, 75% of London partner promotions have been women and 88% of female London lawyers have returned to work from maternity leave.

The firm also hosts Women’s Leadership Conferences, which bring together female lawyers firmwide, for two days of professional development and networking in Washington, D.C. The conference includes seminars and workshops on a variety of topics, including partnership and promotion, authenticity and presentation skills.

Under the leadership of Kim Koopersmith, who is the first woman at Akin – and one of very few women at a major, global law firm – to hold the position of Chairperson, the firm has placed diversity and inclusion at the forefront. We are incredibly proud that from 2015 to 2021, firmwide, women have represented 40% of our partner promotions.

Social Mobility

We recognise the importance of social mobility in the legal industry and our London Diversity & Inclusion Council representatives work alongside the recruitment team to foster partnerships with external organisations to promote access to law.  We are a primary sponsor of AS Foundation, a charity offering financial relief for students pursuing a career in law, which provides successful applicants with study resources, laptops, textbooks and online research subscriptions and/or scholarships.

We participate in the Social Mobility Foundation Recruitment Success Service mentoring scheme and residential internship programme.  As part of our involvement, we provide students with mentors alongside the opportunity to gain insight into life at a city law firm via our structured internship programme. This programme ran virtually in 2020 and will run again in 2021.  We have also participated in CV/interview skills workshops for sixth-form students and sponsor the SEO City Horizons initiative.

We are long term sponsors of City Year UK, a leading youth service organisation that provides mentors to students in low-income communities.  In 2019, counsel Joe Hewton was honoured with City Year UK’s London Bridge Builder award for his exceptional mentorship.

We are proud to have been ranked 86th in the 2020 Social Mobility Employer Index (our inaugural application) and look forward to participating again in 2021 in order to assess and monitor our progress in this area.


Akin’s support for members of the LGBTQ+ community begins at undergraduate level and extends through internal, firmwide initiatives to ensure equality for all employees. This year, we are proud to have joined Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme, which works to ensure that all people are accepted, without exception, in the workplace.

LGBTQ+ lawyers at Akin maintain office and firmwide resource groups to encourage discussion to consider legal issues relevant to the LGBTQ+ community and to participate in pro bono matters and recruitment initiatives.  LGBTQ+ partners meet annually at the firm’s partner retreat to discuss mentoring, leadership and networking issues, and in the London office LGBTQ+ lawyers meet on an ad hoc basis to discuss LGBTQ+ initiatives.  The firm hosts a Diverse Lawyers Summit to bring together all lawyers who self-identify as racially/ethnically diverse and/or LGBTQ+.

The London Out and Allied group hosted a virtual pride event in celebration of Pride month and introduced the option for staff to include pronouns in their signature blocks.  In addition, the firm marked Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual observance that honours the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.  The firm has also recently launched an updated transitioning policy for all our US employees and is in the process of implementing a standalone transitioning policy for our UK-based employees.

Akin sponsors and supports organisations focused on members of the LGBTQ+ community, including, the Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, Lambda Legal, Out of America, Interlaw, the Law Society’s LGBT+ Lawyers Division and a number of pro bono clients.  We also utilise Proud Employers and Interlaw to post lateral lawyer openings on their job boards.

External Diversity Initiatives:

  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • InterLaw
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • StoneWall
  • Other:
    The London office of Akin maintains strategic external partnerships with a number of professional, social and cultural organisations including the Law Society to foster diversity and inclusion. We are a primary supporter of The AS Foundation, a charity providing financial relief to students pursuing a career in law. We participate in a Bridge Builder programme with leading youth and education charity City Year UK and Bright Network.

Awards & Recognition:

  • Six of the last seven years on The American Lawyer’s A-List, which is based on diversity, percentage of female equity partners, pro bono commitment, financial performance and associate satisfaction
  • Fourteen consecutive perfect scores on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, which benchmarks corporate policies and practices pertaining to LGBTQ+ employees
  • 2020 Diversity & Flexibility Alliance Flex Impact Award for policies or initiatives poised to have a significant impact on the culture of flexibility in an industry
  • 2020 Top firm for working mothers and family planning
  • 2020 Diversity Lab’s Mansfield 3.0 Certified Plus certification
  • 2020 MCCA Thomas L. Sager Award national finalist (2017 Winner)
  • 2019 NAPABA Law Firm Diversity Award
  • 2019 Top Ten Family Friendly Law Firms by Yale Law Women
  • 2018 and 2019 Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum