Brodies ranked 3rd highest Scottish business in UK’s first social mobility employer index


Brodies LLP is the third highest-ranked Scottish business in a league table of the 50 UK employers who have taken the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace.

Brodies ranked 39 on top 50 Social Mobility Employers Index

The Social Mobility Employer Index, which is believed to be a world-first, places Scotland’s largest law firm 39th in the league table.

The index ranks private and public sector organisations according to the action that they have taken to encourage social mobility by attracting and nurturing talent from all backgrounds, and is a joint initiative between the Social Mobility Foundation and the Social Mobility Commission, in partnership with the City of London Corporation.
The aim of the Social Mobility Employer Index is to encourage firms to share their initiatives and progress in becoming more inclusive employers and to reveal which sectors and companies are taking the issue of social mobility most seriously.
Nearly 100 employers from 17 sectors, who collectively employ just under one million people, submitted entries about their practices and procedures in areas such as work with young people, recruitment, selection and progression.

Brodies, which has offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Brussels, was a founding member of PRIME, a pioneering initiative by the UK's leading law firms to encourage greater diversity in the legal profession by offering quality work experience and continuing support to young people from less privileged backgrounds.

The firm currently works with schools in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen to help promote the initiative to their students. To date, seven of its former PRIME students have secured places at university to study law.

Brodies, which employs more than 600 staff, is also committed to its work with school pupils through the Career Ready programme – a UK-wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people.

Career Ready is aimed at those students who are less confident, perhaps not strong academically and from low income families who need the guidance and opportunity to compete for a career on a more level playing field.

Brodies has been working with this programme for the past two years, mentoring students and offering them valuable work experience in its Edinburgh office.

In addition, Modern Apprentices have been employed at Brodies since 2013 and all vacancies within the firm’s support functions are assessed before recruitment begins to see whether an apprentice would be suitable.

To date, seven apprentices have worked for the firm.

The Top 50 Social Mobility Employer Index ranking
1 Grant Thornton UK LLP


3 Skanska UK PLC

4 Standard Life

5 Deloitte UK

6 J.P. Morgan

7 PwC

8 Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

9 WM Morrisons Supermarkets Plc

10 Enterprise Rent-A-Car

11 Baker McKenzie

12 Civil Service Fast Stream and Early Talent

13 Fujitsu

14 Ministry of Justice

15 Pinsent Masons LLP

16 EY

17 Burges Salmon

18 Aspire Housing

19 Clifford Chance

20 Linklaters LLP

21 Rolls Royce Plc

22 Lloyds Banking Group

23 EDF Energy

24 O2

25 Herbert Smith Freehills

26 Hogan Lovells International LLP

27 Simmons & Simmons

28 BBC

29 Eversheds Sutherland LLP

30 Aberdeen Asset Management

31 Barts Health NHS Trust

32 Freeths LLP

33 Barclays Bank Plc

34 National Grid plc

35 The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

36 M&G Investments

37 HM Revenue & Customs

38 Severn Trent

39 Brodies LLP

40 HM Treasury

41 Bank of England

42 CH2M

43 HFW

44 Ministry of Defence

45 Schroders

46 DLA Piper

47 FDM Group

48 Charles Russell Speechlys

49 Department for Education

50 Stephenson Harwood