Diversity and Inclusion Charter
The Diversity and Inclusion Charter is a public commitment by legal practices to promote the values of diversity and inclusion throughout their business.
The Law Society has started a full review of the Diversity and Inclusion Charter. The aim is to redesign our offer to ensure it is relevant to our members, meaningful and impactful.
This means current signatories will not be required to complete their submissions in 2019 (when the next cycle was due to take place). We anticipate the new offer will be fully launched by 2020.
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The charter was established in 2009 by the Law Society, BT and the Society of Asian Lawyers and is designed to help firms and practices turn their commitment to diversity and inclusion in to positive, practical action for their businesses, staff and clients.
This is achieved by helping practices to record and measure their practices, policies and procedures against a set of diversity and inclusion standards and by providing them with opportunities to share best practice advice and guidance with colleagues from across the profession.
As of July 2018, 490 firms and practices had signed up to the charter, representing more than a third of the legal profession in England and Wales.
The Diversity and Inclusion Charter is a public commitment by legal practices to promote the values of diversity and inclusion throughout their business. Whether it's through recruitment, retention, career progression or training and development, all our signatories are committed to improving opportunities for people in the legal profession, regardless of their background or circumstances.
The charter is accompanied by a set of protocols designed to help practices fulfil their commitments in several key areas of their business, including reporting and monitoring, flexible working and procuring legal services. The protocols are accompanied by checklists, best practice guidance, case studies and toolkits.
Diversity and inclusion standards
We've developed a set of diversity and inclusion standards to help our charter signatories with completing their biennial self-assessment form.
The standards help to show how well a legal practice is complying with equality legislation, regulation and Lexcel equality and diversity standards. They also cover other areas of business to ensure that positive diversity and inclusion standards exist throughout the practice.
Free to all charter signatories, the diversity and inclusion standards are accompanied by best practice guidance. This document provides charter signatories with examples of positive diversity and inclusion practices, as well as advice on where to get more help or information.