In the last ten years, the voices of underrepresented groups in the legal profession have become louder. But are diversity organisations making an impact or are their stakeholders still getting stuck at ‘first base’?

I caught up with Chris White, the founder and chief executive officer of Aspiring Solicitors (AS) to assess the progress made by firms in recruiting more diverse cohorts since he set up AS seven years ago. AS provides advice and support to its members who aspire to secure a training contract at a leading law firm.

It has been leading the way in collecting diversity and inclusion (D&I) data relating to the recruitment of trainees at leading law firms. White shared some of its recent findings with m...

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