Officially, City law firms are beacons of post-sexism enlightenment. In private, though, you hear all sorts of stories...
Occasionally one of these stories creeps into print.
Yesterday an article (£) about French people in London featuring Clifford Chance intern-turned fashion blogger Camille Charrière (pictured) appeared in the Sunday Times. Here's the relevant passage:
Charrière lives and works here, and has an English boyfriend, but she plans to go back to France one day. She first trained as a lawyer in London and worked in the City, but hated it. Male colleagues nicknamed her “Tiny Tits”, and she found the post-work drinking culture hard to keep up with.
Since I discovered the new social networking site Pinterest – which is best described as an online pinboard – I’ve watched curiously to see whether it would catch on with lawyers.
Many have dipped in and made a few, often pretty bizarre, boards, then disappeared again. Take Travis Kovács’ Lawyers, Guns, and Money board (an extract from which is below), for example, which has just ten pins and hasn’t been updated for a while. Actually, I’m not sure Travis is a lawyer, but you get the point.
As you’d expect, BPP Law School’s Pinterest offering features no firearms. But it is similarly neglected, with a mere three pins on its Student Successes board – a reflection, surely not, of this great institution's lack of successes...
There are, however, a smattering of good lawyer pinboards out there. Here are my top five (in no particular order) – including one that is actually on Tumblr but whose pictures constantly end up on Pinterest.