CC targets undergrads from deprived areas in diversity campaign

Clifford Chance (CC) yesterday hosted a conference aimed at helping undergraduates from some of London’s most deprived boroughs break into the law.

According to the magic circle firm’s graduate Facebook page, the City Careers Conference programme was hosted at the firm’s Canary Wharf offices yesterday and was organised by charity Brokerage Citylink.

The aim of the conference was to get recruiters in the City meeting up with undergraduates who went to state schools in the capital’s most disadvantaged boroughs. It was launched as part of annual job fair Milk Round, which sees companies such as HSBC and JP Morgan tour UK universities for future talent. 

CC graduate recruitment manager Laura Yeates said: “We have a long standing relationship with the Brokerage but this is the first time that we have had the opportunity to see students from a huge range of universities. We were able to see which of them might be interested in a career in law and which of those might have the necessary skills. There was a whole range of universities in attendance – a much bigger range then the universities that we are usually able to visit on the campus.

“There were some really inspirational talks from Brokerage alumni, who have gone on to have great careers at place like Goldman, and people had the opportunity to talk with graduate recruiters from a whole range of employers like JP Morgan and some great tech firms as well as accountancy and professional services firms.”

Research from the Sutton Trust shows that state school students are at a disadvantage in accessing top professional careers. Despite representing only 7 per cent of the population, independently-educated individuals account for 57 per cent of financial services professionals and 63 per cent of law professionals, with similar figures across other high profile professions.

CC’s global head of HR Laura King added: “Ensuring that we continuously seek talent from the widest possible pools is vital to the firm and better for our clients.”

Clifford Chance’s revenue was down from £1.303bn to £1.271bn in 2012/13, but taking into account the effect of exchange rate movements the turnover growth was flat.