Why was DiversCity in Law set up?

DiversCity was set up in in 2011 by representatives from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in response to the legal sector being perceived as less inclusive of the LGBT community amongst undergraduates, an evident lack of confidence from LGBT students when applying to work in the legal profession in the City, and the ever growing realisation of the importance of creating diverse and inclusive organisations. The initial event in 2011 included representatives from the Diversity and Inclusion, Graduate Recruitment and Learning and Development departments of six law firms, each using their expertise to create an initiative that attracted LGBT undergraduates into the legal profession. This cross-firm collaboration is rare in such a competitive sector and illustrates how competing firms can work together for a common cause. Attendance at the day-long event has risen from 30 to 200 people in four years, whilst the mentoring scheme has supported over 300 people with advice and support, a number that is ever growing as the initiative continues.

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