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Diversity and inclusion

  • The success of any legal practice is based on its ability to understand and meet the needs of its clients. Whether your clients are individuals or organisations, large or small, the need for diversity on the legal profession is growing.

    We are committed to help the legal profession to be:

    • Inclusive - its composition reflecting the diversity of our society.
    • Responsive - able to provide a sensitive, appropriate and highly professional service to all sections of society.
    • Good employers - recruiting on merit and offering training and development opportunities to all employees regardless of background.
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    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Framework 2016-19

    For our profession to be successful, we must ensure it benefits from the widest possible talent pool and that we can offer our services to the widest pool of clients.

    16 November 2016

    Diversity champion Sandie Okoro appointed general counsel at the World Bank

    The World Bank announced yesterday that Sandie Okoro has been appointed their group senior vice-president and general counsel.

    10 November 2016

    Proportion of solicitors with BAME backgrounds closely mirrors general population

    The Law Society diversity profile shows how the proportion of BAME solicitors closely follows diversity in society.

    18 October 2016
    Press release

    Promoting diversity in the legal profession

    Diversity profile of the solicitors' profession 2015 - published October 2015

    14 October 2016

    Collecting, reporting and publishing diversity data

    Practice note on managing SRA requirements for measuring levels of diversity and social mobility in the legal workforce.

    3 October 2016
    Practice note

    new social network for LGBT lawyers

    The Law Society’s LGBT Division is delighted to launch the first professional social network for LGBT Lawyers and their allies.

    30 September 2016

    Mature students

    The introduction of the Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees or job seekers on the grounds of age (actual or perceived).

    29 September 2016

    Why do we celebrate Black History Month?

    In advance of Black History Month, Jerry Garvey and Barbara Whitehorne consider issues around diversity in the legal profession, and explain what the Law Society is doing to help.

    22 September 2016

    Brexit - how will it impact the profession

    Angeli Vadera, EMLD committee member and vice chair of the Hindu Lawyers Association (HLA), shares her personal perspective on Brexit.

    13 September 2016

    The story of a Returner: finding your path

    Jane, a Returner’s Course Alumni, talks about how the course helped her return to work.

    18 August 2016
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