Katy Dowell

Freshfields secures Guardian gag for Barclays

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  • Winners and Losers

    Given that Slaughter & May is the chosen firm of the government shouldn't it be doing something to promote diversity in the work place as opposed to choosing law graduates who are likely to have attended red brick universities after receiving a privileged education from a private school paid for by mum and dad.
    Nobody is saying that these students don't deserve a place on S&M training scheme, but rather it should be setting an example to others and be proud of its diversity statistics.
    And the government should be doing more to encourage those it pays for legal advice to be more diverse in their selection process.

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  • Winners and Losers

    The article clearly shows that Slaughter's decision has been made due to the sheer number of excellent and exceptional NON-LAW candidates already applying. Law firms always allocated percentage of intakes from both non-law and law backgrounds and it is clear that the non-law candidates have applied in their abundance already showing their quality. It is important to get a mix of backgrounds and skill sets in a modern firm, or for any business for that matter, so recruiting from both backgrounds is important and diversent.
    But what do I know? I'm just an interested, if bemused, reader.

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  • Big ticket

    How on earth can you sensibly prohibit the publication of documents that are to be found all over the web? This makes the judge involved look a complete fool! The fact that Barclays has already taken plenty of taxpayers money in the form of insurance on bonds sales makes this even worse.

    Isn't it time the legal and banking professions started thinking a little more about the wider public interest? The alternative is not pleasant (i.e. put yourself in the shoes of a Russian tax expert circa. 1915)

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