Edited by Tony Dundon and Adrian Wilkinson
Chapter 2: Fishing for diversity in legal talent pools: Recruiting early talent at Pinsent Masons
Pinsent Masons is a Top 15 UK law firm and Top 100 international law firm. Today’s firm was created in 2012 from the merger between international law firm Pinsent Masons and UK Top 50 law firm McGrigors, with the combined firm operating worldwide under the brand of Pinsent Masons (PM). The firm has a global network of offices with multiple locations in the UK and Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, Dubai, Qatar and Johannesburg. At the time of the merger, McGrigors’ managing partner, Richard Masters, described the new firm as providing a ‘solid platform for growth’ which would ‘allow them to become market leaders in strategically key sectors’ (Pinsent Masons press release, 2012). Today, the firm defines itself as more than a law firm with the aim of working alongside their clients as business partners to help solve their sector-specific problems. Trainee solicitors are therefore encouraged to get to know their clients’ business to become both legal and business advisors. ‘Our lawyers are also commercially-minded individuals who understand their clients’ business needs and who use legal expertise as a tool to develop business solutions and deliver real client service’. (Graduate Brochure).
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