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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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    Law Society recruitment guidance promotes social mobility

    The Law Society of England and Wales today publishes guidance on recruitment practices to promote social mobility in the solicitors' profession.

    26 February 2016
    Press release

    Law Society publishes guidance for work experience providers in legal sector

    The Law Society of England and Wales today publishes guidance for employers that provide work experience to people interested in a legal career.

    24 February 2016
    Press release

    Digital rights, client confidentiality and equality and diversity discussed at meeting with EU justice commissioner

    Law Society president Jonathan Smithers and vice president Robert Bourns welcomed EU commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality Věra Jourová.

    24 February 2016
    Press release

    Increasing diversity on our Council and committees

    Jerry Garvey considers some common misconceptions about the Law Society’s Council and provides three case studies of Council members from diverse backgrounds.

    17 February 2016

    Fair recruitment toolkit

    In this toolkit 'fair recruitment' of trainee solicitors refers to eliminating the barriers people face in employment due to their social background.

    5 February 2016

    Law Society Diversity Access Scheme opens for applications

    The Law Society Diversity Access Scheme (DAS) opens for applications today, 3 February.

    3 February 2016
    Press release

    LGBT Lawyers Division: committee vacancies

    We are looking for LGBT solicitors to be founding members of the LGBT Lawyers Division committee.

    16 December 2015

    Guidance for solicitors on working with transgender employees published in Transgender Awareness Week

    The Law Society today published guidance for solicitors on good practice in working with transgender employees.

    20 November 2015
    Press release

    Working with transgender employees

    This practice note is designed to help everyone in your firm to work respectfully with transgender people.

    20 November 2015
    Practice note

    Anti-bullying week 16-20 November 2015: #NoBystanders

    The Law Society supports Stonewall's anti-bullying campaign #NoBystanders.

    16 November 2015
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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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