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These days you often hear of social inclusion or diversity “moving up the agenda” of City law firms. But if I’m honest, years of covering the profession has led me to the view that the commercial sector, at least, generally doesn’t much care about this stuff. What is usually meant when it is said that things are “moving up the agenda” is that people feel the need to discuss something or take cosmetic steps that will in reality have little impact, not to actually do much substantive. There’s a world of difference between the former and the latter.

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