Although there is still a long way to go, the profession is more diverse than it was a decade ago, with many firms having made significant changes to their trainee recruitment strategy. So, with trainee cohorts becoming more representative of the world we live in, what new challenges arise?

One we have identified at BPP is ‘talking’ – in particular, the art of ‘small talk’ and managing difficult conversations.

According to the Law Society, although more than half of all solicitors are female and almost a fifth are from minority ethnic groups, either matching or outstripping their proportions in the general working population, just a third are from less privileged socio-economic backg...

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