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Encouraging Diversity in Tomorrow’s Lawyers; Who’s Responsible?

QM School of Law

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 from 14:00 to 17:00 (BST)

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Queen Mary University of London is holding a symposium of leading practitioners to consider how to encourage and support a diverse group of lawyers for the future. We would be delighted if you could participate.

Following a keynote speech, the afternoon will include:

Chaired panel discussion

Key Note Speaker:

Nigel Spencer, Visiting Professor at QMUL and Senior Client Director at the Saaid Business School, Oxford University.

Panellists include:

Nicholas Cheffings, Hogan Lovells Partner (former Chair) and Chair of PRIME, a company established to improve access to the legal profession for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Andrew Fairbairn, CEO and founder of SEO London; Managing Principal at Fairbairn Ventures, Founding Partner at JVKelly Group Inc., Vice President at Deutsche Bank.

Jo Larbie, Executive Coach specialising in Inclusion; former corporate lawyer, HR Director of Eversheds Sutherland and BDO, and author of How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life.


World Café session

Participants in this symposium have been selected for their expertise and experience in diversity and inclusion within the legal sector. The World Café session will pose questions for discussion and the collective thoughts and ideas will be collated into a White Paper which will be sent to each participant after the event.


A sample question for consideration:

To what extent should law firms/chambers be amenable to staff ‘bringing their whole self to work’?


The afternoon will end with drinks and an opportunity to network with other participants and staff and students from Queen Mary. You can also find out about some of the initiatives Queen Mary is taking to support its students in starting their careers.

Queen Mary is notable for its diverse student population. Unlike other London-based Russell Group universities strong in law, 91% of Queen Mary’s students are from state school; 60% are BAME; 42% are first into Higher Education; and 27% are from households where the annual taxable income is less than £10k.

We do hope you can join us.

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