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The tragedy of George Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer has spurred a renewed conversation about who we are as a country. In the legal sphere, we are seeing members of the community come together and look inward, asking what they can do to better confront racism and inequality. At ALM, our reporters and editors have interviewed diverse law firm leaders, general counsel and law deans, as well as allies, about where the blindspots are and where we go from here. A collection of some of that coverage, along with photography from the protests and spot news, is below.

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Pay wars are nothing new in the U.K. legal industry, with newly-qualified salaries edging ever higher over the last decade, but senior lawyers now believe the battleground is shifting. Diversity policies and numbers, they say, has become equally as important for graduate recruits.

James Stebbing, general counsel for the Six Nations Rugby and the British & Irish Lions believes that especially for the largest firms, the “starting gun has been fired” and law firm diversity and inclusion policies are now “almost analogous to NQ salaries” in terms of recruitment kudos.

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Varsha Patel

Varsha joined Law.com International in October 2019 after working as a senior editor at LexisNexis. She covers continental Europe and the in-house market. You can reach her on [email protected]

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