Herbies launches diversity scheme in response to Milburn report

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  • Without state grammar schools, there will never be significant social mobility of children from poorer backgrounds into the upper echelons of the profession (yes there are exceptions, but note the use of the word 'significant').

    Initiatives like this are just tokenistic, but Herbies have got to be commended for at least trying something.

    It should be government's role to ensure social mobility, though, not that of individual law firms.

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  • I agree entirely with the above comments.

    I do commend Herbies on this initiative but I cannot help view it as anything but tokenistic. However, if this does give a foot up to a couple of kids from state schools then I think they do deserve some credit.

    This initiative, however, does nothing to help address the institutionalised hurdles (coming in a variety of forms that I could talk about but will not do so here) that prevent the entry and progression of capable and hard working comprehensive schooled individuals into and within City law firms.

    When Herbies can say that, say, 40% (not that high is it?) of their trainee intake is made up of boys and girls educated solely in the state/comprehensive school system then I will doff my cap.

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  • I again, agree with the above posts.

    Unfortunately, all magic circle have these reputations and any similar initiatives they try to launch will probably be met with scepticism.

    Also, one of the schools is Highbury Grove in Islington. Hardly one of the "most deprived boroughs"....The school also did very well in GCSEs and A levels so not sure what Herbies intends to do here.

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