Procurement Protocol

  • The Procurement Protocol has been designed to give organisations who purchase legal services the peace of mind that they are using law firms who share their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

    The intellectual argument for diversity is winning but we will only enjoy its benefits to legal services if we put theory into practice. The charter and Procurement Protocol will ensure that diversity, and its benefits, are a key factor in the procurement of external legal services.

    Dan Fitz, group general counsel & company secretary, BT Group plc

    Statement of commitment

    By signing up to the protocol, in-house legal departments promise to consider a potential supplier's diversity and inclusion practices as part of the normal tendering process.

    They also show to their colleagues, clients and competitors that they are committed to taking practical steps against discrimination in the legal profession.
    View the statement of commitment

    Protocol support tools

    The Procurement Protocol is accompanied by a number of support tools including a model diversity questionnaire, supplier scorecard, best practice guidance and checklists to help partners implement the protocol.

    The support tools are available to protocol partners after signing up.

    Protocol partners

    In-house legal departments of the the following organisations have signed up to the Procurement Protocol:
    • Barclays
    • Barings Asset Management Limited
    • Birmingham City Council
    • BP
    • BT
    • Burnley Borough Council
    • Colchester Borough Council
    • Crown Prosecution Service
    • Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
    • Derbyshire County Council
    • GlaxoSmithKline
    • Gloucestershire Constabulary
    • Guildford Borough Council
    • HSBC
    • LGSS Law (shared legal services for Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire County Councils)
    • London Borough of Lambeth
    • London Boroughs Legal Alliance:
    • Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow, Harrow, Hillingdon, Camden, Islington, Waltham Forest and Kensington and Chelsea
    • JPMorgan Chase
    • Land Securities Group Plc
    • Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service
    • LSL Property Services plc
    • Luton Borough Council
    • MITIE Group PLC
    • National Grid
    • North Dorset District Council
    • North Tyneside Council
    • North West Legal Consortium
    • Pendle Borough Council
    • Pertemps Recruitment Partnership Limited
    • Portsmouth City Council
    • Roche Products Limited
    • Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
    • Test Valley Borough Council
    • The Treasury Solicitors Office
    • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
    • Vodafone Group plc
    • West London Waste Authority
    • WPP

    Registration

    Signing up to the Procurement Protocol is easy. A general counsel or director equivalent just needs to email inclusioncharter@lawsociety.org.uk stating their commitment to the protocol.

    BP strongly supports the principles set out in the charter and is pleased to become a protocol partner. It is important for BP’s suppliers to reflect BP’s own commitment to diversity and the protocol will advance this in the area of legal services.

    Rupert Bondy, general counsel, BP Legal