To realise aspirations in the next generation, we have:
Launched Making Links Discovery to encourage more students from minority ethnic and social mobility backgrounds to consider a career in law.
Expanded our virtual internship to give work experience to students in UK, US, Asia and 16 to 18 year olds.
To discover and develop Black professionals, we have:
Launched Get Ahead to give Black and under-represented minority ethnic students the skills and tools they need to succeed in their London Vacation Scheme and Training Contract applications.
Launched Making Links US Diversity Fellowship for high performing second-year (2L) law students from under-represented groups.
To create an inclusive culture, we have:
Created the Linklaters Black Diversity Council to ensure that issues and perspectives are raised up to executive level, and that the firm’s decisions are considered through the lens of race, with a specific focus on Black identity.
Rolled out mandatory anti-racism training to give everyone the tools to disrupt or intervene when they see racial stereotyping or microaggressions in the workplace.
To meaningfully improve opportunities, we have:
Launched a formal sponsorship programme for Black colleagues to address the affinity bias that disproportionately affects racial minorities.
Put in place measures to ensure that Black and minority ethnic trainees receive the same helpful developmental feedback, access to opportunities and fair performance assessments as their white peers.