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'Promote ethnic staff', law firms told

Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2008   Category: Life after graduation

City law companies are being advised to promote more women and ethnic minorities, which may be of interest to graduates considering a career in the industry

Speaking to the Financial Times, Simon Davis, managing partner of Linklaters, said large companies need to improve in this are for the sake of business, adding that an increasing number of clients are requesting diversity statistics.

He commented: "If clients are pushing for things it's more tangibly a business need. Also noting the positive impact of different viewpoints can bring to the business environment."

According to diversity statistics, women account for some 50 per cent of trainees, but represent just 20 per cent of partners in law firms.

Linklaters and several other large firms are introducing initiatives which find and support talented people in response to "fair criticism" that they do not match diversity prevalent elsewhere in the business.

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