Rare’s ‘virtual dinner table’ programme for aspiring minority lawyers wins coveted diversity award

Specialist diversity recruiters, Rare, announces that its development programme for aspiring black and minority ethnic (BME) lawyers has won the ‘Recruiting: Attracting Talent’ award at this year’s UK Diversity Legal Awards.

Online PR News – 24-November-2012 – London, UK – Specialist diversity recruiters, Rare, announces that its development programme for aspiring black and minority ethnic (BME) lawyers has won the ‘Recruiting: Attracting Talent’ award at this year’s UK Diversity Legal Awards.

The awards, run by the Black Solicitors Network, took place at The Law Society in London on Wednesday 14th November in front of an audience of 100 barristers, partners of law firms and senior HR and diversity professionals. They were established to profile and promote the excellent work being done by organisations and individuals in the area of equality and diversity across the legal profession.

The winning programme, Articles, was developed by Rare Associate Director and former Slaughter and May lawyer, Elham Saudi, to act as a ‘virtual dinner table’. Its aim is to help exceptional state-school educated BME students secure vacation schemes with Rare’s law clients.

Through gruelling one-on-one sessions with Elham and group activities hosted by and involving lawyers from all levels of Rare’s client firms, participants increase their “social capital” and develop the intellectual dexterity, confidence and connections that more privileged students may have by virtue of their upbringing, familial networks or schooling.

The award was presented by Nicole Smith, a board member of the Legal Services Board, and coincided with the release of the BSN annual Diversity League Table for solicitors and barristers chambers in the UK. Two Articles graduates joined the Rare team in accepting the award: Abdurahman Moallim and Qalid Mohamed – one a current and the other a former University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) student, who through Rare and the Articles programme have gone on to secure training contracts at Magic Circle firms Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May respectively.

Rare’s submission was praised for its ‘tangible results’: over the last two years, 40 Articles candidates have secured 50 vacation schemes between them. Moreover, of the 17 training contracts Rare candidates have been offered by Clifford Chance, ten of them were secured by Articles participants – seven from the class of 2012 and three from the class of 2011.

Speaking about the award win, Lianne Moseley, Director, Legal Recruitment, said: “The Rare team is immensely proud of the success of the Articles programme in helping aspiring lawyers from non-traditional backgrounds to develop the skills and qualities they need to succeed in their legal careers. We call the programme the “virtual dinner table” as it cultivates the intellectual dexterity and resilience in participants that discussion and debate around the dinner table can engender.”

Speaking about Rare’s development programmes, Managing Director, Raphael Mokades said: “It has been a good year for Rare in terms of external recognition of our development programmes: our work on improving the diversity of the Civil Service Fast Stream as been given several accolades – most recently it was Highly Commended in the Mentoring category by Race for Opportunity. We have always believed firmly in the power of mentoring and the benefits of targeted development programmes to bring about real cultural change in businesses With Articles, in setting up an industry-wide initiative founded on excellence (rather than quotas and special favours) we hope we have shown that a coordinated effort can produce tangible results.”

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