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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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    Diversity in the profession

    This short report highlights the diversity profile of solicitors.

    21 May 2014
    Advice

    Legal profession to celebrate diversity at London Pride

    The Law Society is celebrating Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) diversity in the legal profession at the Pride in London Parade next month.

    15 May 2014
    Press release

    Diversity case study: Wragge & Co

    Wragge and Co launched its 'Day in the life of a Lawyer' programme in 2006.

    30 April 2014
    Advice

    Diversity case study: Gordons LLP

    Gordons introduced the legal sector's first apprenticeship scheme of its kind in September 2011.

    30 April 2014
    Advice

    The First 100 Years

    It might be 2014, but we're still hearing of firsts for women taking up roles in the legal profession.

    26 March 2014
    Advice

    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

    Women's talents woefully underused in legal profession

    Talented women solicitors are still not making it as far as the boardroom in their legal careers despite representing almost half of the entire profession.

    5 March 2014
    Press release

    Law Society marks LGBT History Month

    The Law Society is running two free events in February to mark this year LGBT History Month.

    4 February 2014
    News

    Diversity case study: Baker and McKenzie

    The work of the firm's focus groups forms the foundation upon which its diversity programme goes from strength to strength. Membership of the groups is fully inclusive, and anyone in the firm may join.

    31 January 2014
    Articles

    Treasury Solicitor's Department 400th signatory of Law Society diversity charter

    The Treasury Solicitor's Department has become the 400th signatory to the Law Society's flagship Diversity and Inclusion Charter.

    27 January 2014
    Press release
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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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