Promoting diversity in the legal profession

A diverse profession can meet the needs of its clients more effectively.

As the professional body for solicitors, one of the Law Society's responsibilities is to support and encourage access to the profession. We also support progress within the profession for the best candidates, regardless of their background.

This ensures that our profession reflects the population it aims to serve. Understanding the diversity profile of the profession helps us to do this.

The report highlights the areas which we will continue to work on with law firms and current and potential individual members. It also provides a baseline of information against which firms can assess their own diversity profiles.

Since 2009, the Law Society has been working with law firms through its Diversity Charter to help them turn their commitment to diversity and inclusion into positive, practical action for their businesses, staff and clients.

The report draws on data from two main sources:

  • The Annual Statistics Report (ASR) 2015 - published in April 2016 and the management information data on which the report is based.
  • The PC Holder Survey (2015) - an annual telephone survey of 1,502 randomly selected individuals from private practice, in-house and government, conducted in May to August 2015.

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