Linklaters is UK's most diverse firm, says exclusive research

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  • I am astonished that Freshfields and Slaughters don't feature in the top 5!

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  • You have to question the accuracy of the research when firms have to pay to take part in it.

    Fair play to those listed, and it's great that firms are taking diversity seriously, but it may as well be an advertorial. Very poor.

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  • This was one of the reasons why I chose Linklaters over Freshfields and Slaughters when I had offers from all three for TCs. Linklaters was much more diverse and it is one of its big assets. It seemed a much easier workplace to be part in.

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  • The real test of diversity is the amount of lawyers and partners educated solely in the state sector.

    I wonder where Linkies ranks here?

    Race and sexuality are weak indicators of diversity.

    Imo sexuality is irrelevant and there are lots of asian/oriental/black lawyers educated in the private/public school system.

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  • Complete tosh. Sure, Linklaters has some black / brown faces at the junior end -- but take a look at it the managing associate / partnership level. Linklaters is about as diverse as Batman's wardrobe.

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  • No surprise (at all!) that (Hogan) Lovells is not the list.

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  • no surprise CC is not on the list

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  • Maybe weightings should be given in categories such as race and sexuality to give an overall diversity score. Maybe included in this weighting should be school attended. I agree with Tim that a real test of diversity is the amount of lawyers and partners educated solely in the state sector, nit forgetting that within the state sector there are a whole range of schools ranging from really good selective grammar schools to bad comprehensives.

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  • @ Anonymous | 20-Dec-2010 2:13 pm

    Weighting is given to race/ethnicity and sexuality, as well as gender and disability, but not at this stage to social background.

    @Anonymous | 17-Dec-2010 4:38 pm

    The BSN is not for profit. Firms and chambers do pay a fee of £495-£795 to participate but this intended to cover data collection, analysis and publication. I don't think it can be described as advertorial as some firms pay the money and participate but score badly.

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  • And how about Herbert Smith?

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  • So why don't demographics count. Law firms are terrible employers (amongst the worst), fact!

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