News Business Leadership Law firms Thompsons Solicitors crowned most diverse in BSN’s latest league table By The Lawyer 17 December 2009 13:50 17 December 2015 09:40 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Grendel 17 December 2009 at 15:06 I am sorry but the table is absolutely unintelligible – what on earth does it show? It seems to be a random number generator… Reply Link Joy Ha Kyung Lee 17 December 2009 at 17:11 Among the strongest players in ethnicity terms were Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, which declared 13.64 per cent ethnic minority partners, while Weil Gotshal & Manges had more than 34 per cent ethnic minority trainees. This is definitely good news. Our society should work to become more internationally minded especially at law firms as a just system of meritocracy is intended in a fair democracy not one of discrimination or prejudice. When we have diversity we know our society is achieving more. Thank you for this article ! Reply Link JL 17 December 2009 at 17:42 The diversity issue intrigues me. Will the world be a fairer more sharing place just because more ‘white’ (whatever that means) people are living at subsistence level or return to forests to forage for themselves in peasant communities thus enabling other perceived social groups and classes to ingratiate themselves into the patriarchal ways and methods of control? Diversity seems to be a bad case of envy. However, I have never understood the belief that dependency upon money is more essential than humanity itself as this leads to desperation. Women are people too, really, and being a diversity seems to evade that point, whatever associations the stats put out. What is diversity and what is it trying to acheive? A levelling of ideals and the reinforcement of unworkable values, pushing inequality into other areas of the spectrum of people. Plus ca change plus c’est la meme chose. Reply Link Clarity Jane 18 December 2009 at 10:41 The table is misleading because the international firms include their non white partners from Asia, Middle East etc. Lovells for instance has no black partners and only two Asian partners in London and no non-White part ers in London. A bad/lazy piece of research. Reply Link Clarity Jane 18 December 2009 at 15:31 The last part above should say that Lovells has no non white female partners in London. Reply Link someone from earth 20 December 2009 at 22:43 the figures in the table are nothing but jargon, smoke-screen for the main problem – the law profession has always been and most likely will be a white-middle/upper class profession….the system is in place to stop EM from gaining partnership status. Implied racism will always exist..lets face it, you can’t beat the system. Its a farce that there are not enough black or asian partners. Reply Link Anonymous 22 December 2009 at 10:17 someone from earth: How do we deal with this dreadful menace of implied racism? Maybe the government should step in and axe 10% (say) of all non-white partners in a firm, replacing them with a mix of ethnic minority solicitors which properly reflects society at large. If there is a statistical tie between a white and a non-white position, the non-white should get the job as a marker of beaconicity in social justice blah blah. Reply Link Anonymous 23 December 2009 at 17:28 i agree whole heartedly with clarity jane. the research is incredibly lazy. there are firms in the top 31 list that have no black partners at all, in london or in the universe generally. This type of research helps nobody at all. Reply Link Anonymous 23 December 2009 at 19:30 Please don’t treat this a joke – we are living in 11st century and no one expects a free ride just equality of opportunity. Firms that fail to provide equality of opportunity should be named and shamed. I wonder if Hogan & Hartson paid any attention to Lovells’ record of not making any non white partners fn London for the last 6 years. I hope Hogan will brings its more balanced approach to Hogan Lovells and we’ll see more non white partners in the merged firm’s London office. Reply Link Anonymous 27 December 2009 at 17:56 Diversity – I would like to see data about people with disabilities within law firms ..in particular, at recruitment level and getting a training contract…. Reply Link Onyidzin 16 June 2010 at 12:56 Thanks for producing this research. Of course, as others here have already pointed out, there are bound to be flaws, both in the methodology of the research and in the data that LLPs self-report. However, at least this is a start, and it highlights an issue which affects all of us. Diversity and equality policies are not just limited to race, so I find it intriguing that ‘JL’ and ‘Anonymous’ focus on that to the exclusion of the other foci of the research. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.