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Global diversity and inclusion research project

7 October 2013

Does your firm practise internationally? Would you like to find out more about global diversity and inclusion (D&I) and how to make it work for your firm?

The Law Society is supporting a research project into global D&I in professional service firms. The study will examine some of the key diversity challenges facing firms working in different cultural contexts and how they can be overcome.

Multinational professional service firms are increasingly engaged in the practice of global D&I, yet many questions remain about the 'what' and the 'how' of this complex area. To help answer these questions and inform best practice, Dr Louise Ashley at the University of Kent is embarking on a study of global D&I within the professional services sector and is currently recruiting law firms wishing to take part.

Detailed findings from the study will be provided to participating firms, enabling them to benchmark their own practice against peer group organisations, though the research will be conducted on a confidential basis. Questions which Dr Ashley will address include:

  • How is global D&I defined and what types of policy are firms developing in this arena?
  • What are the key challenges firms face in devising and implementing global D&I and how are these overcome?
  • How global D&I fits within international firms' wider HRM strategy will also be examined.

Dr Ashley is an academic at the University of Kent and a visiting fellow at the Centre for Professional Service Firms, Cass Business School, who specialises in researching D&I in professional service firms. Her research has been published in major academic management journals and reported in both trade and national press.

To learn more about the project, please contact Dr Ashley on 07967 857 173 or at

Data collection for the project will begin autumn/winter 2013/14 and initial findings available by summer 2014.


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