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1). Law firms embrace tech portal to drive applications from disadvantaged backgrounds
A group of ten law firms have signed up to use Vantage, a web portal launched by contextual recruitment company Rare, to match firms with talented students from low-participation schools.
The portal targets the UK’s 100 ‘high low schools’, where only one in 40 students achieving an A at English A-level go on to apply to the legal profession.
This compares to one in three students with the same grade who apply to become a lawyer from elite schools, a 12-fold increase in applicants.
Vantage allows firms to see candidates’ achievements on the portal within the context of how they gained those achievements, taking into consideration aspects of their background including postcode, school quality, eligibility for free school meals, refugee status, and any time spent in care.
The portal aims to double the number of applicants from this pool in the next three years, and was launched in collaboration with the following firms: Baker McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Eversheds Sutherland, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters, Macfarlanes, Pinsent Masons, Slaughter and May and Travers Smith.
2). Movers & Shakers
Funds partner John McGrath and litigation partner Simon Fawell are set to join Dechert next week
Litigation and investigations partner Justin McCelland joins the London office of Stephenson Harwood after seven years as a partner at Winston & Straw
The former London head of legacy firm Kaye Scholer Andrew Harris, is leaving the firm’s London office to lead the European corporate and private equity arm at Vedder Price
King & Spalding City partner Nick Cherryman has left the firm to take up a post at a fast-growing litigation U.S. rival
Well known Duane Morris litigator Jonathan Cohen is understood to be leaving the firm
Partner Jérôme Patenotte, who was at Gowling WLG for nine years, will lead Simmons’ new private equity practice. He joins the firm along with of counsel Sophie Mesnier-Teissedre and senior associate Savina Jouan
Mergers & Alliances
Office Openings & Closings
Inclusion and Diversity
Technology and Innovation