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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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    We all need allies

    As with many good things in life, the London Bisexual Network (LBN) started over a bottle of wine in a noisy City bar, explains Max Rossiter, trainee solicitor.

    12 February 2019
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    'Ona Kan O Woja' - not only one route leads to the market: my path into law

    I was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa, and for as long as I can remember I wanted to be a lawyer.

    17 December 2018
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    Diversity is better for business

    There are many reasons why we as a profession need to get better at accommodating people with disabilities. 

    4 December 2018
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    Black History Month 2018: celebrating diversity in our profession

    This year marks the 9th year in which the Law Society is celebrating Black History Month. It's particularly heartening to see the number of Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) solicitors has continued to increase.

    1 October 2018
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    Alphabet soup: How to refer to my LGBTTQI+ colleague

    The alphabet soup LGBTTQI+ of sexual orientation and gender identity only gets larger. Referring to someone who is not straight or cisgender may be a challenge to a lot of people. 

    2 July 2018
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    When silence isn't golden: finding your voice as young women lawyers

    "Feel empowered. And if you start to do it, if you start to feel your voice heard, you will never go back."  Mary Robinson

    5 March 2018
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    LGBT representation in the legal profession: What has changed and what needs to change?

    It's the 13th LGBT History Month 2018, the celebration of the LGBT community in the UK. What progress has been made and what challenges do we still face? 

    5 February 2018
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    100 Years since women became people

    We're all familiar with the saying 'men are from Mars and women are from Venus', less well known is that, not so long ago, women weren't actually considered people at all! 

    1 November 2017
    Blog

    Bi Visibility Day - a trainee's experience of being out in a City firm

    As well as being a trainee at Reed Smith, I'm also a bisexual man. This Bisexual Visibility Day I want to reflect on my journey into the profession - and how the legal sector's understanding of bisexuality and LGBT issues has changed during this time.

    22 September 2017
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    Third time lucky: Applying for a judicial appointment

    As the saying goes, what is worth doing is worth doing well. If you want to secure a judicial appointment you should sit down and make a plan.

    6 September 2017
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