Nine City law firms have been named as top employers by LGBT rights charity Stonewall – more than half of the total shortlist.

Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Dentons, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons have all been recognised for their commitment to employment equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff. Baker McKenzie also won a ‘global trans inclusion award’.

The annual list – which named 17 organisations in total – is compiled from submissions to the global workplace equality index, a benchmarking tool used by employers to create inclusive workplaces. Each entrant must compile a submission demonstrating their organisation’s performance against a set of best-practice criteria.

Firms are marked across nine areas, including training, leadership and employee policy.

In January, Pinsent Masons was crowned the most inclusive law firm in the UK by Stonewall, coming fourth in the top 100 employers list.