Legal Business

The social mobility conundrum: a quantitative or qualitative approach?

Following Slaughter and May’s July announcement that it would be setting ambitious social mobility targets for 2033, Holly McKechnie spoke to Magic Circle peers to see how they are each approaching the issue

Slaughter and May has pledged to increase its representation of individuals with a lower socioeconomic background (LSEB) by 25% across its total workforce population from a baseline of 19% by 2033. This includes a target to increase its lawyer population from a LSEB to 15% from a baseline of 10% and its business services population to 40% from a baseline of 35%. The metric used by Slaughters to determine an individual’s socioeconomic background is parental occupation at the age of 14.