The legal profession’s ‘domination’ of best employer rankings hits parody levels as City law firms recast as social mobility champions

The legal profession’s ‘domination’ of best employer rankings hits parody levels as City law firms recast as social mobility champions

For those in the legal profession, its record on casting its net beyond the privileged has long been an embarrassment… which is why it was a surprise to see a new ranking of the UK’s 50 most socially mobile employers include no less than 16 law firms.

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Odds against you: New figures show BAME applicants less likely to succeed as judges than white counterparts

Odds against you: New figures show BAME applicants less likely to succeed as judges than white counterparts

The Official Statistics Bulletin published yesterday (2 June) by the Judicial Appointments commission (JAC) has revealed that black and minority ethnic lawyers (BAME) applying to become judges are far less likely to succeed than their white counterparts. Continue reading “Odds against you: New figures show BAME applicants less likely to succeed as judges than white counterparts”

Eighteen law firms join latest attempt to improve the profession’s dire social inclusion record

Eighteen law firms join latest attempt to improve the profession’s dire social inclusion record

Eighteen major law firms, including Linklaters, Macfarlanes, White & Case and Sullivan & Cromwell, have joined a new initiative to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds join the legal profession.

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Small gestures – can a new wave of social inclusion schemes deliver?

Small gestures – can a new wave of social inclusion schemes deliver?

Despite much debate in recent years, social inclusion in the legal profession remains woeful. Are a new range of initiatives the latest diversity fads or steps towards a breakthrough?

Ray Berg, UK managing partner of Osborne Clarke, recalls first getting his foot in the door of the legal profession: ‘I only got work experience because my dad started talking to someone in the back of his cab. He was so proud to say his son was this, that and the other. That someone was the then managing partner at Nicholson Graham & Jones and he said: “Would your son like to do a week’s work experience with us?” That was extremely fortuitous but people without those contacts shouldn’t have to rely on fortune like that.’

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Putting things in context: Magic Circle commits to social mobility tool after highly critical report

Putting things in context: Magic Circle commits to social mobility tool after highly critical report

Eight elite City firms have adopted a contextual recruitment tool designed to boost social mobility in their ranks after a government report criticised professional services firms for ‘systematically excluding bright working-class applicants’ from their workforce.

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Law’s ‘class ceiling’ – Government report finds one law firm hires 60% of trainees from Oxbridge

Law’s ‘class ceiling’ – Government report finds one law firm hires 60% of trainees from Oxbridge

A government report into barriers of entry in the professions has criticised the ‘class ceiling’ at law firms and other professional service outfits which it says are blocking working-class people from elite firms.

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No judicial experience required: Judiciary rolls out diversity initiative for deputy High Court judge roles

No judicial experience required: Judiciary rolls out diversity initiative for deputy High Court judge roles

In a move to boost diversity within judicial ranks, the judiciary has begun piloting a new initiative to allow candidates from ‘non-traditional backgrounds’ to apply for positions as deputy High Court judges without gaining judicial experience first.

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