In a landmark for the legal industry that nevertheless raises some uncomfortable truths, the number of working female solicitors in England and Wales has exceeded men for the first time according to new figures.
Urban Lawyers are excited to announce the third Careers Conference for aspiring barristers and solicitors. This year's conference will take place on 17 November at Herbert Smith Freehills' London office and tickets are on sale now.
Once upon a time, the majority of the legal workforce was made up of upper-middle class, Oxbridge-educated white males. Women: hardly seen. Working-class individuals: forget it. Ethnic minorities: a scarce group. But things have been changing for the better and the legal industry is thankfully more diverse than ever.
Interview with Uzma Hamid-Dizier, Head of Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility at Slaughter and May.
Lex was at Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) office on Wednesday afternoon for an event designed to inform and encourage disabled candidates in their pursuit of a career in the legal profession. An audience of over 30 students attended the event, arranged by EmployAbility and supported by several other law firms.
EmployAbility founder Tab Ahmad opened the day by introducing her organisation as a non-for profit which “works with employers to develop an inclusive and open working environment” and offers “free support and advice to disabled students and graduates.”
The Law Society is today (18th March) launching a new division for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) lawyers, providing a forum for members to ‘champion causes and tackle issues’ faced within the industry.
The Law Society is seeking applicants for its Diversity Access Scheme (DAS) programme, with ten scholarships set to be awarded to exceptional candidates faced with financial or social barriers in their pursuit of a career in law.
From January 2015 Reed Smith will transfer to a strengths-based recruitment process for all vacation scheme and training contract applicants. As part of this change, applicants will complete an online situational strengths (SST) test after submitting their application forms. This test will focus on the key strengths required in the role being applied for. All candidates will receive feedback on their SST score, with successful candidates being invited to attend a strengths-based interview.
In a reminder to the legal profession of the social mobility challenge ahead of it, research published jointly today by the Sutton Trust and PRIME reveals that nearly three quarters of the country’s leading judges and QCs attended independent schools and then Oxbridge.
The 2016 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) has named Pinsent Masons as the fifth best overall UK employer for LGBT inclusivity, with 11 other law firms also being ranked in the charity’s top 100.
The WEI, which ‘celebrates the pioneering efforts of leading organisations to create inclusive workplaces’, is now in its 12th year. Stonewall invites employers to provide a written submission outlining their performance against a set of best practice criteria. It then supplements this information by surveying the entrants’ staff, and received over 60,000 responses this year.
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