Freshfields boosts diversity with a quarter BME intake

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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?

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  • 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

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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