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George Floyd’s death in the United States sparked a global movement and exposed systemic inequalities that continue to be experienced by members of the Black community. When perspective shifts, action should follow. That action starts with listening, learning and reflection, and then moves to more concrete steps to drive change.
We have a lack of Black racial diversity in our firm and are committed to doing better. We aim to create an inclusive culture in which everyone – regardless of background, identity and circumstance – can reach their full potential.
In 2018, we launched a ‘Diverse Voices’ Reverse Mentoring scheme to provide senior leaders in our firm an opportunity to build their awareness and understanding of different people’s perspectives and experiences. We also established our INspire programme to support, retain and progress our minority ethnic talent.
Earlier this year, we joined the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, a coalition of over 200 law firms working collaboratively to dismantle structural and systemic racism. We continue to pledge our support to organisations advancing racial justice, including the NAACP, and we have named Juneteenth as an annual paid holiday for our U.S. offices, encouraging our people to use it as a day of service and engagement.
Read more about our programmes and initiatives here.
We pledge to improve representation of Black and underrepresented minority ethnic lawyers and business team members at all levels in our firm. Our 2020 Race Action Plan sets out how we plan to accomplish this throughout the career path, from school-age to leadership positions, and the concrete actions we will take, aligned to aspirational targets.
Tom Shropshire, Partner and Global Head of U.S. Practice and Co-Sponsor of Linklaters’ UK BAME Network, states:
Our action plan
Starting from the 2020/21 recruitment cycle:
35% Minority ethnic trainees each year, of whom 10% will be Black (UK)
50% Minority ethnic first years each year, of whom 10% will be Black (US)
Proportional retention of white, Black and underrepresented minority ethnic:
15% Black and underrepresented minority ethnic partners in partnerships by 2025 (UK & US)
15% Underrepresented minority ethnic partners in new partner elections annually (UK & US)
5x as many Black partners globally by 2027
Charlie Jacobs, Senior Partner and Senior Champion for Race & Ethnicity at Linklaters, comments:
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