LG welcomes one man in 12-strong trainee intake

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  • "CMS Cameron McKenna’s graduate recruitment officer Victoria Wisson said LG should be concerned how such a big divide could affect that intake in the future.

    She said: “It’s inevitable that some women will want to go off and have children and the firm may face a gap in talent in years to come. But with more women coming into the profession many firms will have to review how they can be more flexible to accommodate women who want to have a career as well as maintain a family life.”

    Oh please, someone give her a gag! Emmeline Pankhurst will be rolling in her grave to hear such out-dated drivel.

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  • What's drivel about it? Acknowledging that women may want to have a career as well as a family life, and that employers may need to change their ethos to accommodate that, sounds to me like the kind of thing Emmeline Pankhurst would be delighted to see.

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  • Emmeline Pankhurst never lived in the here and now. A very valid and balanced comment by Victoria Wisson. Or does equality, sexism, racism andy other ism only work one way??

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  • Is Victoria Wisson proposing that firms should hire the lesser able male candidates so that they can be sure to have plenty of below par lawyers in the future rather than higher quality lawyers who may - or may not - require greater flexibility for a few years in a 30 year career? Women will not always be the majority of trainees, but in that year they were.
    I would like to Victoria Wesson to answer whether it is CMS policy to deliberately pick worse male candidates above more able women ?
    Perhaps firms should only hire men for graduate recruitment positions, and then they might achieve a policy based on talent rather than convenience.

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  • Looks good in principle... however, from a man-management and business continuity viewpoint, they probably need to reverse those statistics next year. 3 colleagues in my current role are soon to be on maternity leave, its tough to plan for that sort of hospital pass...

    Good luck to them though.

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  • What about men who want flexible hours to 'accomodate a family life'...

    Slight paternalistic approach from CMS. 'It's ok, we'll keep the women happy'...

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  • Er...you may be missing something here. The women don't have to stay at home and look after the children. Their husbands can do that.

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  • The intake at my office when I start next year is 4 woman and 1 man. The only comment I've ever had on this from people I've told is 'lucky man'.

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