While greater numbers of female and ethnic minority graduates are qualifying as solicitors than ever before, it seems some sections of the profession are still finding it hard to fight off their image as bastions of the old-boy network, writes Jan Harvey
In 1999, a survey carried out by the Law Society found that female and ethnic minority candidates were still considerably less likely to win training contracts at the larger City commercial firms than their white male counterparts. While no-one was suggesting that the firms were employing direct discrimination in their recruitment practices, the evidence did suggest that indirect discrimination against all students from poorer socio-economic backgrounds was still an issue.
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