Is the leading law firm DNA pool too narrow?

Apr 23, 2010

Top law firms are under increasing pressure to diversify their intake.  Figures from the Sutton Trust and others confirm that partners remain predominantly male, privately educated and Oxbridge.  The debate though seems to centre on the CSR imperative of corrective action: Few people have mentioned that clients of these firms are crying out for a dwindling set of skills in areas such as commercial nous, business understanding and acumen, and relationship building.  No one doubts or questions the outstanding legal and technical credentials of partners from our leading firms, but broadening the DNA pool might turn out to have competitive advantage in areas increasingly depleted.