Allen & Overy appoints recruiter to target black candidates

Lawyers aim to promote diversity in graduate recruitment campaign

Law firm Allen & Overy has appointed a specialist recruitment firm in order to find more candidates from an Afro-Caribbean background for its graduate recruitment campaign.

The magic circle firm has signed up with Rare Recruitment, who specialise in ethnic minority recruitment, to help boost the proportion of candidates from diverse backgrounds applying to its winter and summer intern schemes, attending open days and applying for training contract positions.

Caroline Lindner, graduate recruitment manager at Allen & Overy, said: “Attracting the best and most diverse candidates is a business imperative for Allen & Overy. We are a global business which relies on recruiting the most exceptional people from the broadest range of backgrounds, cultures and nationalities to best serve our clients. By working with Rare, we are showing our commitment to getting those people from the broadest pool of candidates possible. “

Law firms have been handed a particular impetus to prioritise diversity since July when the Legal Services Board confirmed arrangements to require them to publish diversity data on their websites. Firms will have to draw up plans for collecting diversity data by January and will be required to publish the first findings in December 2012. Internships are a particular focus for many as they are seen as the gateway to the profession.

Other law firms who have worked with Rare Recruitment this year include Clifford Chance, Slaughter and May, Travers Smith, Hogan Lovells, Herbert Smith and the barristers Fountain Court Chambers.

Rare managing director Raphael Mokades added: “We are very proud to be working with Allen & Overy, Rare’s third Magic Circle client. I very much believe that the firm’s reputation, global mindset and overseas ambitions will strengthen our offering to candidates wanting an international career in corporate law. It is a firm that actively welcomes and draws upon the diverse viewpoints of its lawyers to come up with creative solutions to its clients’ legal issues.”

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