BSN City Group would like to wish you a happy and successful 2011!
2010 Year in Review
Thank you to our colleagues and City firms that have supported and sponsored our initiatives over the past year, which included:
We should also like to highlight and recognise the achievements of three prominent black lawyers during the past year. Our warmest congratulations to:
Diversity League Table: The Results
The 5th annual Diversity League Table (DLT) presents a new order, as Linklaters and One Crown Office Row now head up the overall league tables for firms and Chambers respectively in 2010.
The DLT, produced by the Black Solicitors Network (edited by Michael Webster), is an important management tool and one of the legal profession’s leading diversity reporting publications. Looking across four diversity strands of disability, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, the publication offers the diversity profiles of many of the UK’s leading firms and Chambers, also ranking them in key areas before compiling the various tables which come together to give the overall Diversity League Table.
This year’s DLT saw the introduction of the BSN Diversity Quotient™. The Diversity Quotient is made up in part by the demographic rankings, and also a new component, “Policy & Practice” rankings. This new aspect makes it possible to consider day-to-day actions taken to improve diversity within a practise, alongside actual outcomes. Participants are given a score in both areas (demographic ranking and policy & practice ranking) and the combined scores are used to determine their Diversity Quotient, which in turn is used to determine their position in the overall DLT.
Virtually all the City’s top 10 firms participated in the survey. Allen & Overy retained their position as the highest ranked City 10 firm, followed by Linklaters in second place and Norton Rose in third. This year, eight of the largest 10 international firms based in the UK feature in the DLT, with O’Melveny & Myers taking the number one position, followed by Baker & McKenzie and Arnold & Porter in second and third place respectively.
We are proud of our accomplishments since BSN City Group’s inception in 2008 and very much welcome your ongoing support as we continue our mission and commitment to the professional development of black commercial lawyers (both in-house and in private practice) practising in and around the City of London and Canary Wharf. In delivering on our mission, we value and rely on the engagement of our members (City lawyers) and stakeholders in identifying and bringing to our attention ideas, suggestions and feedback for future programmes and/or events as well as information (including career opportunities) that you wish to share with us and/or fellow City lawyers. So please do get in touch with us to discuss how we can support you as part of this initiative going forward: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will keep you posted of upcoming events (which promise to be topical and relevant) and any other developments of interest in the coming weeks and months!
BSN City Group – Chair
BSN City Group Committee: Paulette Mastin, Donna Samuels (Vice-Chair), Michael Webster, Trevor James, Nick Willetts, Sharon Thomas, Bayo Odubeko and Akima Paul
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