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Lack of diversity in law recruitment questioned

21st July 2015

Diversity in law recruitment process

A founding partner of a City law firm has questioned the diversity in law recruitment as he believes the legal profession remains a stronghold for white, middle-class and privately educated males.

Dele Ogun, a founding partner at law firm Akin Palmer, believes that solicitor jobs and other legal roles are primarily filled by public-school educated, white males.

Various statistics give the claim some weight. In the court of appeal only eight of the 38 justices are women, and none are from an ethnic minority background. A report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission showed that 71 per cent of senior judges went to independent schools.

So how can law firms be more open when they are recruiting for a new lawyer or promoting a lawyer?

Dele Ogun told The Guardian, “Those of us from different backgrounds need to understand how the game is played.”

Many large law firms have aimed to tackle this diversity problem by implementing initiatives like the CV-blind recruitment, which sees candidates judged purely on an essay and interview process. Other initiatives like offering work experience to budding lawyers from minority backgrounds and offering workshops have all been launched as well.

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