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Take on a risk and 
mitigate unconscious bias

Let your female corporate lawyer work part-time, employ a trainee from a 'new' university, or take on an apprentice, advises Louise Hadland

12 January 2016

In my time as HR director
at Shoosmiths, the debate around how to make our industry more inclusive has developed: law firms talk a good game around diversity and inclusivity. Buzz words are used to show how firms are making positive changes - but merely making the right noises is not sufficient.

Diversity statistics in law have remained flat over the years. Research continues to show that the legal profession has not caught up with other sectors - such as accountancy - in terms of its workforce being more reflective of the society within which it exists.

Bias is the biggest obstacle our industry faces in our quest to become more diverse and inclusive. Nobody likes to be labelled biased, but we all are in one way or another.

If I asked you to clasp your hands, does your right index finger sit above your left, or vice versa? I am almost certain that if I w...

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