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Linklaters courts controversy by backing cheerleading

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Like sports and equalities minister Helen Grant, the magic circle giant is pro-cheerleading.

One of the prizes in Linklaters’ most recent ‘Aspire’ competition has been awarded to a group of cheerleaders.

News of the win — which saw the Durham Divas given funds for cheerleading costumes and travel costs by the magic circle firm — comes amid a storm of controversy generated by Helen Grant’s comments encouraging women to take up “feminine” sports like cheerleading.

The Divas were one of around 40 projects to win an ‘Aspire’ grant, with a host of charities benefitting from the programme since its inception in 2011.

Linklaters — which, incidentally, boasts the highest proportion of women partners in the magic circle* — stands by its decision, with a spokesperson commenting:

“I recommend that Legal Cheek readers visit the Linklaters Aspire Competition Winners page where they can read about the 40 projects that have won an Aspire award, including equipment for a fencing club, fees to language and other educational courses, and donations to numerous charities. Good luck to Beth and her team, whose teamwork and dedication are fully worthy of our support.”

*24% of Linklaters partners are female, placing the firm significantly above the magic circle average of 19%.