Thursday, July 28, 2011

Venal & Grabbit publishes its diversity data

Magic circle firm Venal & Grabbit has published anonymised diversity statistics revealing the gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and educational background of its UK lawyers.

The statistics come ahead of the Legal Services Board’s requirement that all firms publish this type of research from next year, particularly sole practitioners.

The figures show that all of Venal & Grabbit's partners, associates and trainees are male.

Some 100% of the partners described themselves as ‘nicely tanned’.

100% of the partners declined to disclose their sexual orientation, threatening to obtain a super-injunction if anyone were to try to disclose this information.

The statistics showed that 100% of Venal & Grabbit's partners and 100% of its associates went to a proper, fee-paying, school.

Venal & Grabbit's Senior Partner Edgar Venal said: "I don't know which cretin at the Legal Services Board came up with the bright idea that all firms must publish this rubbish from next year, but here at Venal & Grabbit we don't care about such things as 'diversity'. All we care about is the ability of staff to bring in fee income.

"We realise that, for example, some might criticise us for not having any female fee earners, but it's well known that a woman's place is in the home, not in the office."

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Linklaters publishes its diversity data - Law Society Gazette, 28th July 2011

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