I will have my cake and eat it

In the past, barristers have been unable to facilitate a working practice compatible to their home life. Thankfully, those days seem to have passed, says Nancy Rice, joint first junior clerk at Temple Garden Chambers

Life in chambers had always been recognised for the gruelling hours spent with the last waking hours left trying to squeeze in some quality family time (for those with families still talking to them). Thankfully those times have evolved – for those wishing to have a better balance. My chambers has worked hard to ensure …

Some clients don’t like negotiating with women

Legal 500 researcher William Farrington speaks to senior female lawyers about partnership, diversity, and recruitment in India’s legal market

A hot-button topic across the legal profession globally, diversity is one one of the key talking points for researchers at The Legal 500 when conducting interviews. During my recent stint as a researcher into the Indian legal scene, I raised the issue in a (virtual) all-female roundtable discussion with several senior lawyers at Samvad Partners, …

Covid-19 and exam chaos: How chambers can help the next generation

With the pandemic, A-level results, and BPTC exam nightmares impacting aspiring barristers, just how are chambers adapting their pupillage assessment and recruitment policies to obtain the best talent in the years ahead?

To say that aspiring barristers have had a hard time of it in 2020 would be something of an understatement. The Covid-19 virus has led to some financially hit chambers – some struggling even before to the pandemic hit – pausing their pupillage intakes for this year and, potentially, even next year, too. The government’s …

An unexpected opportunity to increase diversity

A virtual work experience programme levels the playing field and is an opportunity to reach talented individuals who you may never have had a chance to help and nurture, explains Caroline Wilson, HR director at Kennedys

The global pandemic has undoubtedly restricted our movement and reduced the freedom that we are all used to. But in an unusual and unexpected twist, it has actually helped create some positive opportunities.  When coronavirus started to spread, it became clear to us at Kennedys, like every other business, that we would have to do …

There’s never been a better time to be LGBTQ+ at the Bar

Success at the Bar comes from being who you are, not what anyone else thinks you ought to be, says Simon Rowbotham, vice-chair of the Middle Temple LGBTQ+ Forum and member of 7BR

This weekend marks the first London Pride weekend since the inauguration of the Middle Temple’s LGBTQ+ Forum at a launch event held in the Inn on 14 November 2019. This year – as with many aspects of life in lockdown – we have had to find creative ways to celebrate Pride remotely. That said, the …

Diversity and inclusion shouldn’t take a back seat during the pandemic

Covid-19 is an opportunity for law firms to examine ways of being more inclusive, especially for those employees who may be dealing with significantly more challenges, say Linklaters’ David Martin, Daniel Danso, and Neha Rao

In the current global Covid-19 climate, diversity and inclusion (D&I) is supremely important to business and those who have a strong foundation in D&I will be reaping the rewards when it comes to the wellbeing of their people. D&I speaks to the heart of taking care of our people.  The language of this crisis – …

Charles Yi: Too much is never enough

With experience in both in-house and private practice, Arnold & Porter’s Charles Yi talks to Helen Donegan, US editor for content, on diversity in the US government and the legal profession

Charles Yi joined Arnold & Porter’s Financial Services and Legislative and Public Policy practices in 2019. Prior to this move, Charles served as GC of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) between 2015 and 2019. Charles was not only the first person of colour to have served as GC of the FDIC, but also the …

How will you come back to work after children?

Diversity and inclusion

HFW’s Stephanie Lambert in Sydney and Jo Garland in Perth explain why partnership and parenthood should not be mutually exclusive

The fact that two women made partner of a large international firm when they had young children (while on maternity leave in fact) shouldn’t be news. But it is. If two men made partner while having young children it wouldn’t be news worthy and it happens all time. Stephanie Lambert and Jo Garland at HFW …

Creating visibility for disability

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Lawyers with impairments need to lead by example to destigmatise disability and create awareness of our diverse abilities, says Ashleigh DoRozario, litigation lawyer at Potts Lawyers, Australia

I am a legally blind lawyer. I never thought I would say that! When I was growing up, I wanted to be a marine biologist but, sadly, chemistry was not my strong suit. After high school, I was unsure of my next move and fell into a legal secretary position at MinterEllison while I was …

Survival of the most adaptable

Change is inevitable, so only firms that look ahead will stand the test of time, says Sarah Henwood, CEO of the world’s oldest law firm, Thomson Snell & Passmore

Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘When you’re finished changing, you’re finished’. This year Thomson Snell & Passmore is celebrating 450 years, the world’s oldest law firm as certified by The Guinness Book of World Records. We wouldn’t be here today unless we were able to embrace change. From leading the way as early adopters of technology …