It’s easy to shy away from the hard questions around racism – especially if within the senior ranks. But for Julian Taylor, senior partner at Simmons & Simmons, learning about the lived experiences of lawyers from racial minorities within his firm was something he wanted to do directly – despite feeling anxious at the start.

Speaking to International, Taylor explains how his reverse mentoring experience will inform his leadership and the firm’s path going forward, while Fiona Bolton, a mentor and co-chair of the firm’s race and ethnicity network, lays out her experience so far and gives advice to aspiring mentors.

The Mentee: Julian Taylor, senior partner

  • Mentored by a supervising associate
  • Despite being anxious at first, Taylor is keen to use his “better awareness of issues to ensure that the whole firm is taking steps forward”
Julian Taylor