To celebrate National Inclusion Week, the Law Society have launched a new Diversity and Inclusion Framework to serve as a roadmap for workplaces to develop and deliver a strategic approach to D&I.
Figures released from our Annual Statistics Report 2021 found that while there has been some improvement with increasing diversity in the legal profession, there’s still work to be done. Solicitors from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds reached 18%, while Black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors working in private practice increased by 6%. However, nearly a third of sole practitioners are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. These solicitors often make the move to sole practice due to barriers to progression to senior levels at larger law firms.
The aim of our framework is to guide individuals and firms through three steps to deliver a strategic approach and action plan. TLS have included an action plan template, as well as links to additional guidance and resources for more detailed help. If you are already taking action, it will help you review and identify any gaps or areas for ongoing purpose. You can read more about the framework and find out more about the three steps on our website.
TLS are also keen to share examples of best practice that have actually worked. If you, or your members, are interested in submitting a D&I impact story to be featured on our website please use their online form.