Morton Fraser and Dickson Minto commit to new contextualised recruitment system for trainees



Heather McKendrick

Morton Fraser and Dickson Minto have committed to using the Law Society of Scotland’s contextualised recruitment system to increase workplace diversity and social mobility.

Following a successful pilot using the system, which was created by the Law Society in partnership with diversity recruitment specialists RARE, the two firms have agreed to use the system in their latest trainee recruitment rounds.

The RARE recruitment system helps organisations uncover any external factors that may have contributed to a candidate’s grades and experience, and helps firms identify self-motivated, driven, out-performers by ensuring their applications are reviewed in light of wider personal circumstances.

Heather McKendrick, head of careers and outreach at the Law Society, said: “We’re delighted that both Morton Fraser and Dickson Minto have chosen to continue to use the RARE contextualised recruitment system. The system allows candidates to enter information such as the school they went to, whether they received free school meals, if they have been a carer or been in care, amongst other things. This gives their application a context that shows they have had to overcome a lot of barriers to achieve a certain outcome and demonstrates they might well have performed even better, if those barriers were removed.

“This in turn allows recruiters to make their decisions based on a level playing field and have a more rounded and unbiased view of all the candidates before them. It’s a great opportunity for our member firms to get the most out of their recruitment.”

Martin Glover, director of HR at Morton Fraser, said: “We’ve been extremely pleased with the outcomes of the pilot recruitment round last year. Where we previously might have only focused on grades and relevant work experience, we are now able to see that someone might have great potential, but due to their circumstances were unable to take an unpaid internship or relevant work experience because they needed to earn money to support their family or pay their rent.

“This type of recruitment is a massive leap forward in promoting social mobility and ensuring that we recruit on a level playing field. I would highly recommend all legal firms consider signing up to the system.”

Recruitment partner at Dickson Minto, Allan Fraser, added: “We’re strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity amongst our colleagues and the wider profession, and using contextualised recruitment is a really great way of helping us deliver that. We would strongly encourage all applicants to our graduate scheme to complete the contextualised information; it can only ever be received positively.”



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