News Diversity Freshfields boosts diversity with a quarter BME intake By The Lawyer 13 December 2010 00:00 7 January 2016 16:51 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 13 December 2010 at 10:46 Very pleased to see city law firms taking diversity seriously, but especially pleased to see its one of the biggest firms. The law profession has come a long way since when I first started and it clearly gravitating closer towards the cosmopolitan and inclusive industry that it should be. Good on freshfields for leading the way Reply Link John Fitzpatrick 13 December 2010 at 12:46 So they recruited solely on the basis of aiming to make their intake more diverse? Surely, this can be said to be discriminatory against non-BME candidates Reply Link Anonymous 13 December 2010 at 14:59 Surely candidates should be chosen on merit, not race / gender / ethnicity? Any white British candidate who missed out fancy a trip to the Employment Tribunal? Reply Link Christine Brown-Quinn 14 December 2010 at 14:17 I applaud Freshfields target setting in order to create a more gender balanced legal practice. While setting targets for women and other minorities may seem discriminatory, the fact is that the data indicate that there is a problem. As an example, females now represent the majority of new solicitors in the UK, yet their representation at the senior levels is minimal Reply Link Anonymous 15 December 2010 at 04:41 To John Fitzpatrick – Where does the article say that the BME candidates were “recruited solely on the basis of making the intake more diverse” or is this something you have extrapolated to grind your own axe? To the anonymous poster @2.59 pm above – you are having a laugh aren’t you? Reply Link Anonymous 19 December 2010 at 19:43 John Fitzpatrick and Anon at 2.59pm on 13th Dec above, you obviously read what you wanted to read – chip, shoulder – get over it. There’s no positive discrimanation here, just fairness. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.