Major blow to alternative business structures… International firm recognized for pro bono… Social mobility still an issue in the Magic Circle…
International firm recognised for pro bono
The global network for public interest law, PILNet, has recognised international law firm DLA Piper for its pro bono work in Europe. The European Award for Partnership in the Public Interest was in recognition of the firm’s work on the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and stateless people; very much in focus in Europe due to the current inflow from Syria and other war torn nations.
Social mobility still an issue in the Magic Circle
Half of all partners working in the Magic Circle firms in London are privately educated. That’s the finding of a survey which found that social mobility in the legal profession is largely unchanged from three decades ago. The Law Society Gazette reports that around three quarters of senior judges and top QC’s also come from private schools; in the population as a whole the figure is just 7 per cent. David Morley, Allen & Overy’s senior partner told The Gazette that law firms must shoulder a large part of the responsibility for addressing the issue.