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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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    Bi Visibility Day - a trainee's experience of being out in a City firm

    As well as being a trainee at Reed Smith, I’m also a bisexual man. This Bisexual Visibility Day I want to reflect on my journey into the profession - and how the legal sector’s understanding of bisexuality and LGBT issues has changed during this time.

    22 September 2017
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    Third time lucky: Applying for a judicial appointment

    As the saying goes, what is worth doing is worth doing well. If you want to secure a judicial appointment you should sit down and make a plan.

    6 September 2017
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    Pride in your law firm, pride in yourself

    In many countries you can be punished by the state, persecuted and even killed just for being LGBT or celebrating LGBT identities. Trans people do not have access to life changing healthcare and are discriminated against under law.

    4 July 2017
    Blog

    Winning an Excellence Award – how to do it and the difference it makes

    Ranjit Uppal won the Law Society’s Excellence Award for Solicitor Advocate of the Year 2016. He shares six tips on how to put together a winning submission. The 2017 Excellence Awards nominations deadline is 26 May

    16 May 2017
    Blog

    Calling all ethnic minority and LGBT solicitors - your Law Society needs you

    We want you to have your say in the work of the Law Society, and to help you get the maximum benefit from your membership.

    19 April 2017
    Blog

    Second Reading debate of the Prisons and Courts Bill and its implications for access to justice

    This week access to justice will be at the top of the parliamentary agenda.

    20 March 2017
    Blog

    #SayMyName (correctly please!)

    Our names are part of our identity, so it can have an impact on us when they’re pronounced incorrectly. To mark the UN End Racism Day 21 March, the Law Society is asking what’s in a name for #SayMyName. Bansi Desai explains why it’s important to her

    20 March 2017
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    How to use an award to promote your firm

    Applying for an award for your business can be hard work, but the benefits are enormous, if you capitalise on the win. Kate Adam provides a step-by-step guide

    15 March 2017
    Blog

    Seven reasons why the legal profession needs International Women’s Day

    Wednesday 8 March is International Women's Day, an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and highlight the challenges that still have to be overcome. Suzanne Gallagher and Shereen Semnani offer seven reasons why the legal profession needs to sit up and take notice.

    2 March 2017
    Blog

    Homeless at 16, qualified solicitor at 28

    Keiley Ann Broadhead was homeless at 16 and lived in a hostel during her A-Levels. 12 years later, she is a qualified and award-winning in-house solicitor. She explains how the Law Society's Diversity Access Scheme helped her achieve her dream

    15 February 2017
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