Oxbridge alumni ‘run the magic circle’

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More than half of top partners at magic circle firms attended Oxbridge, new research on social mobility has revealed.

The Sutton Trust’s Leading People 2016 report states that 55% of the magic circle’s ‘band 1’ partners went to Oxbridge; while 43% went to the 30 ‘most highly selective’ universities (known as ST30).

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Across England and Wales, 32% of partners who were UK-educated attended independent schools. This figure rises to 41% in London.

‘Marginally’ fewer partners at the UK’s largest law firms (50 partners or more) attended independent schools. In Wales, at least four in five partners attended state schools.

The Sutton Trust said it was working with law firms to increase the representation of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in the legal profession through its Pathways to Law programme, which was set up a decade ago.

The report found that the proportion of High Court and Court of Appeal judges who attended fee-paying schools had remained ‘remarkably’ stable for a quarter of a century. However, there had been a fall in the number of judges who attended Oxbridge: 74% in 2015 compared with 88% in 1989.

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  • Do I stand alone as a young lawyer in not having any designs at all on a career in the City?

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  • So what ? I attended an old 'poly' and I'm really not interested. Those who are should bugger off to North Korea.

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  • the advantage they have is the work they do commands £700+ per hour. Do they give a toss how good they are?

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  • Well I would never have guessed. Intelligent, hard working students get into top universities and graduates with good degrees also do well at top law firms. Astonishing.

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  • "Intelligent, hard working students get into top universities and graduates with good degrees also do well at top law firms.

    And the Argentinian gentleman in charge at the Vatican is of the RC persuasion.

    And ursines defecate where arboreals abound.

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  • What this says is that Oxbridge graduates - where did this stupid word "alumni" come from? - get the best paid jobs in the City firms.

    It says that class barriers are alive and well at that end of the profession.

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  • Between them Blair, Goldsmith and Faulkener went to Oxbridge and look what a mess they have made . I would not pay them in washers for their opinion on a second UN resolution nor for the Legal Services Act which is in the process of destroying this profession.

    Only Oxbridge graduates, it seems to me, think they are anything special.

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  • thats their good luck and not without some hard work on their part.

    The question for the profession is how to make the playing field level so that those with talent get recognised for it and the profession and society benefits as a whole.

    what is evil is tony giving the job of lord chancellor to his mate charlie, ie same chambers an all that. not because charlie was the most pre-emininent candidate for the job!

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  • That's quite correct, Giu, and he did the same for health as exposed in today's Daily Mail serialisation of Tom Bower's latest book.

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