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Top UK law firms unite to launch social mobility scheme

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  • Brian Clough your red-neck is beginning to show!! Be man enough and disclose your real name so that your firm (that's if you are working for one) really knows how you think. No doubt that you are one of the bigots who only recruits who you see as 'your reflection'.

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  • One could argue that outsourcing jobs to Belfast is just about the nicest thing a law firm has ever done if you happen to live in Northern Ireland...

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  • It's a step in the right direction, but I've got to second Robert Craig in saying: what's the point? Great idea giving kids work experience, but if they decide to become solicitors and go to law school... oh, no training contract afterwards. What a shame.

    I come from one of the most deprived areas in the country. My family lives on benefits and I went to the local comprehensive. I've worked every weekend since I was 16 to fund myself through uni. I got the grades, I got the work experience (not by being clasped to a big firm's bosom but by doing my CV, going out there, and getting it). I made sure to tick every box I could. Several years after law school I'm still looking for a training contract. In the meantime I man the photocopier for peanuts.

    If firms want to increase diversity and give the underpriviliged a chance there's no need to look to the next generation of kids...

    *Takes off cap* giz a job guv!

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  • Seems a little surprising from A&O given that the firm runs a program called "Insight Week" whereby kids who are recommended by partners (i.e. whose mummy and daddy known a partner at the firm) can come do a week of work experience at the firm (and there are four to five such schemes every summer) - doesn't it go against the whole point of encouraging diversity when you continue to give a leg up to the privileged?

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  • Should the headline not read "top firms and Dickinson Dees unite to join Social Mobility scheme".

    It's a laudable idea but this isn't altruism anymore than Man Utd running a football trials day in Mosside. The firms will get to screen clever kids from tough backgrounds.


    Personally I would be more interested in seeing the firms give assurances that they won't give easy TCs to the children of the big chemical firm they want work from etc. That would do more to change the profession.

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  • Well done guys. Great work.

    Social mobility, does that work both ways?

    Did social mobility come into your thinking when you made thousands of NQs redundant at the start of their careers rather than going after under performing partners?

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  • I don't know about A&O's "insight week", but I applied and was selected for their Open Day and I don't know anyone in the law profession (certainly not any Partners!) or have any legal work experience. The whole process seemed very transparent and nobody at the open day seemed to have any work experience with City firms either!

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  • As a former trainee at one of the firms mentioned, the amount of partners / clients' children we were expected to babysit for ad hoc work experience hardly suggests a firm with an open and transparent social mobility policy.

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