A&O promotions: more women, more in banking

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  • You can accuse A&O of many things but not of racism or sexism when it comes to partner promotions. Its about time that The Lawyer investigated why some firms in the top 10 (their names are obvious so I won't mention them!) haven't made up any non-white partners in their London offices for the last 5 years whereas other have given equal opportunity to all their associates. The guilty firms (and they know who they are) have got to stop hiding behind "global" statistics and come clean about the reasons for not making up non-white partners in London.

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  • More women at A&O????

    Wonderful PR campaign by A&O. Really quite special. The truth is that the VAST majority of the 100+ fee earners let go in the London office over the past few weeks were women. Oh, and plenty of them had children or worked part time.

    I wonder why A&O won't publish details of how many redundancy victims were female?

    The truth is, if you are a working mum at A&O, you are doomed to fail. Unless you put off having children until after partnership. And even then, you are at risk of being unfairly binned beforehand.

    A&O timed their announcement on the same day as the last working day of most of the redundancy victims. It's no coincidence - just an elaborate way of covering up their culls.

    I geniunely used to think A&O was a better workplace but now I know it is just as cut-throat as the rest of the other big firms.

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