Ashurst to review promotions system for racial bias

July 16, 2013 Ashurst is set to review its promotions system for bias after it was revealed that all the trainees denied ongoing tenure at the firm were from a black or minority ethnic background.

Ashurst has offered jobs to all but six of the 30 newly qualified lawyers in its trainee program, and all six of the trainees that weren't offered a job are from a minority background.

The figures might be tempered by the fact that two of the six declined to put themselves forward, and four of the 24 trainees who are being kept on are from a black or minority ethnic background, but the firm has responded to this PR nightmare with a swift review. A spokesperson said: "Ashurst is clear that the firm's future success depends on recognising and harnessing the widest possible range of talent. We are confident that our selection processes at trainee and NQ level are objective and fair. That said, we are currently reviewing development and promotion systems to check for potential bias affecting under-represented groups. We will work closely with all of our networks in continuing to look at this openly and honestly and in acting on any findings."

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