Berwin Leighton Paisner begins contextual recruitment

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has become the latest firm to adopt contextual recruitment for training contract applicants in this recruitment cycle.

It follows in the footsteps of the magic circle and a number of other large fims in adopting the system, which compares the economic and social circumstances of applicants in an attempt to boost social mobility in the profession.

Created by diversity organisation Rare Recruitment, the system uses information from two Rare databases: one contains the exam results of 3,500 English secondary schools and sixth form colleges and the other contains 2.5 million UK postcodes.

It then fuses this information and candidates’ responses together to produce contextual data on every candidate.

BLP’s graduate recruitment and trainee manager Alan Demirkaya said: “Previously we were concerned that we did not fully understand the achievements of our applicants and ultimately were missing out on talent. By working with Rare we will better understand how our applicants perform relative to their peers. In particular it will highlight those who have shown resilience through the challenges that they have experienced.”