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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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    Regulation of legal services in 2017

    Robert Bourns considers the Competition and Markets Authority report on competition in the legal services market, developments on the SRA handbook and Solicitors Qualifying Examination, and potential changes to professional indemnity insurance.

    24 January 2017

    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

    Pride in the Profession in 2017

    Robert Bourns reflects on the strengths of the legal sector and encourages solicitors to take pride in their work and speak up for their profession.

    12 January 2017

    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

    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
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  • In this section

    Diversity and inclusion case studies

    Practical examples of good practice on diversity and inclusion in large and small firms.

    Diversity and Inclusion Charter

    Our charter is the flagship diversity initiative of the legal profession. It is an instantly recognisable public statement of commitment by its signatories and a framework for positive action across all strands of diversity.

    Mentoring programme

    Do you want support in progressing your career? Can you give something back by mentoring other professionals? We have launched a national mentoring programme for practising solicitors

    Diversity and inclusion in law firms: The business case

    Find out about the benefits that a genuine and positive commitment to diversity and inclusion can bring to all our law firms – big and small.

    The D&I Procurement Protocol

    Our protocol is a public commitment by in-house legal departments to ask standard questions about the diversity policies and practices of law firms tendering for work as part of the normal tender process.

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