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Research and reports

Research and reports from the Law Society's Corporate Responsibility, Equality and Diversity team.

Career barriers: research study

During the end of 2009 and in the first half of 2010 the Law Society undertook three separate studies in order to understand the issues and barriers faced by some groups within the legal sector.

Career barriers: action plan

Following on from the research study, the Law Society has reviewed the findings of the research and has produced an action plan that outlines the steps the Law Society will take in partnership with the profession to help address the barriers highlighted by the research.
Read the career barriers action plan

Diversity in the profession

This short report highlights the most up-to-date data available on the diversity profile of solicitors holding practising certificates in England and Wales.
Read about diversity in the profession

Mapping LGB networks

The Law Society commissioned research inro lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) networks is seen an essential part of improving equality and diversity in the solicitors' profession.
Read our reports mapping LGB networks

Women in Law summit legacy report

The summit legacy report uses the findings of the specially-commissioned global pre-summit survey and the outcomes of the summit's plenary and breakout session to pinpoint key steps that both professional bodies and legal practices should be taking to progress greater diversity in the profession.
Download the International Women in Law Summit legacy report (PDF 1.2Mb)


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EMLD lecture 2019

Join us on 11 July for our EMLD lecture, where we highlight and celebrate the positive contribution made by ethnic minority lawyers to the profession.

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