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Word reaches Tulkinghorn Towers from the illustrious Modern Carpets & Textiles for Interiors magazine (what? It was a slow news day) that a tapestry commissioned by A&O for its Spitalfields offices was just not diverse enough.
Tulkinghorn was slightly bemused as to how a rug could be inclusive, so he thought he’d let the creator speak for herself. According to the magazine, Lizzie Allen (no relation, as far as Tulkingorn knows) wove a tapestry representing the rich diversity of the firm’s staff. Unfortunately, most of them happened to be white men. “At first the majority of the characters were men,” explains Lizzie. “So they asked me, ‘Could you put more women in it?
Consider that we work with a broad range of people.’”
A noble request, but based on reality?
Perhaps Lizzie just wove what she saw: A&O is still the best of the magic circle in diversity terms, but it remains a firm where female lawyers account for just 14 per cent of the equity partnership.