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  • 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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    Largest ever survey on gender equality in legal profession

    The largest international survey of women in the law has been released by the Law Society of England and Wales to mark International Women’s Day 2018, shedding light on the road to gender equality in the legal profession.

    8 March 2018
    Press release

    Law Society Group gender pay gap report

    The Law Society Group (the Group) today published its gender pay gap report. The report details the combined results of the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which are one legal entity but operate independently.

    19 February 2018
    Press release

    Scholarship scheme invites trainee solicitors to apply

    Talented trainee lawyers are invited to apply for a coveted place on the profession’s Diversity Access Scheme (DAS), the Law Society of England and Wales said as it opened recruitment for the 2018 cohort of scholars.

    15 February 2018
    Press release

    ‘Coming from a tougher background could be one of your biggest assets’*

    Social mobility is as vital for the legal profession as it is for society, the Law Society of England and Wales said as it unveiled the third cohort of Solicitors for Social Mobility.

    6 December 2017
    Press release

    Solicitor firms lead the charge on social mobility

    Solicitors firms make up nearly a third of organisations in the top 50 UK employers which have done the most to improve social mobility in the workplace.

    21 June 2017
    Press release

    Solicitor firms dominate Stonewall's 2017 workplace equality index

    Solicitor firms make up half of the top 10 organisations on Stonewall's 2017 workplace equality index.

    19 January 2017
    Press release

    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

    Judicial diversity statistics show positive but slow progress

    Judicial diversity figures for 2016 released are a case of ‘some progress but must try harder’.

    29 July 2016
    Press release

    Law Society questions diversity of advisory council

    Concerns have been raised by the Law Society about the proposed membership of a new advisory council of solicitors and barristers chaired by Gary Bell QC.

    27 May 2016
    Press release

    Law Society Earnings report finds gender pay gap widens in private practice

    The gender pay gap for the solicitors' profession has increased, with women's salaries on average 30 per cent lower across all areas of private practice during 2013.

    18 March 2014
    Press release
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