Linklaters invites state sixth formers to experience life in the City

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  • Again, this is stuff all giving young adults in London a chance. If Magic Circle firms really want to diversify then they should look further north; the north-south divide is one of the main reasons for the high numbers of lawyers from well-off backgrounds. Those of us up north are left out on a limb and as we are statistically poorer it makes it that much more difficult.

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  • That's a valid point, Connor. For a host of reasons, not least ease of access and staff volunteering, we at Linklaters focus these programmes on neighbourhoods close to our single UK office in the City. Firms with greater regional presence have more flexibility but the fact remains that, even then, city-based students (and notably those in London) are better placed for such opportunities. We - and colleagues in the profession - are looking at how to overcome this challenge as we try to balance the practicalities of work experience with your entirely reasonable request for fairness. There are so many variables to this that we will forever be on the journey to getting it right but please take it from me that there is a genuine committment to making it easier for a wider range of people to enjoy successful careers in the law.

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