"Womble Bond Dickinson, pasty are we."
Womble Bond Dickinson has been criticised for boasting that its latest trainee cohort proves its dedication to diversity.
Last week the firm posted a snap on social media of its 27 new trainees arranged on the lobby staircase.
"Whilst it might not necessarily be apparent from the photograph, 8% of this particular trainee cohort identify as being from an ethnic minority", claimed the firm's Head of Recruitment on LinkedIn. "An inclusive and diverse culture is very important to the firm", she added.
BAME individuals were confused as they squinted at the sea of smiling white faces. "They’re all Caucasian", pointed out DWF solicitor Bushra Nawaz. "Did no one BAME make an application or meet the criteria?"
"Look at all that diversity!" commented Moses Masih-Rogers, a recruitment consultant. "Training contract or casting for Get Out 2", asked Wajid Pervez.
One of the photographed trainees stepped into the breach on behalf of his embattled HR team (trainee tip: you don't have to do that). "I'm in this photo and can vouch for WBD's commitment to diversity in all forms", posted Joshua S. "Whilst being non-BAME, I'm strongly from a working class background and none of my parents attended Uni. Definitely makes me certain that WBD do spread the net far and wide".
After being contacted by Lee, Nawaz posted a gracious follow-up note that she was "sure everyone in this picture has their own story on how they successfully got to training contract stage", and that "people’s backgrounds can be hugely diverse ie working class, sex" and "that’s what sets everyone apart".
Others were less forgiving. "What a tragic play", said a source. "If you have to justify diversity like this then you may as well give up already".
RollOnFriday asked WBD whether anyone at the firm can 'identify' as being from an ethnic minority, in which case it should be able to reach its 22% target for 2021 with ease. The firm did not respond.