Diversity and inclusion

Mapping and evaluating the formal and informal LGB networks in the legal profession in England

Creating lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) networks is seen an essential part of improving equality and diversity in the solicitors' profession.

The Law Society commissioned research to:

  • identify the formal and informal LGB networks that exist within law firms
  • map out what roles these networks play within the firms and
  • identify areas in which the Law Society might provide support to LGB solicitors and networks

The findings of this report draw attention to wider issues around diversity networks and the role these networks play in firms, any of which would merit from in-depth investigation; in particular asking questions around issues of visibility, genuine integration into firm culture, the role of networks in a firm's PR strategy and its interaction with clients.

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