Eversheds heads effort to increase diversity

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  • "Brian, how do you arrive at the conclusion that blacks and others who come from underprivileged backgrounds wont feel at home in a city firm? It is this stereotypical attitude by city firms that underprivileged background means you are not good enough for city which needs change. I feel insulted when people have opinions about people they have never given a chance."
    Please, stop being so chippy. In life, people usually get on better with people from their own backgrounds. It's just the way life works. Most City lawyers would feel totally out of place on a builders' site chatting with construction workers.
    They come from different worlds, have different lingo, different senses of humour etc.
    Some people have brilliant social skills and can get on with people, whatever their backgrounds. Those people will succeed at a City firm regardless of their backgrounds.
    On the other hand, some working class people simply do not have the right skills to mingle with upper-class financiers for example.
    Sorry, it works both ways. As much as you may say I'm a despicable individual, I can't tell you the number of times I've been in a working class pub and had a comment made about my "posh" accent.
    Deal with it.

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  • Brian,

    As it turns out, I agree with you. As I mentioned, I am a minority with a 'posh' background. Years ago, I was in-house counsel for a large company. I literally had more formal education than anyone in the company. Moreover, they were so low class, I could not tolerate the situation. Their crass jokes, their lack of culture, their low level vocabulary and poor hygiene made me cringe. They assumed because I was a minority that I was at their level. They said I did not belong there. Finally, their jealousy and group mentality traumatised me.

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  • Glad to see the old buffers have seen sense at last. When i was interviewed there for a senior solicitor post in 1990 I was asked if I was "a practising homosexual". I replied I was and the interview was terminated very soon after. The recuitment agent responded with "you were too candid about your personal life!" I replied by saying that is imperative that a practising solictor is honest in all his dealings. cell a vie

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