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A report being published by the University of Westminster and the Legal Services Board this week looking at gender, race and class is an eye opener but not hugely surprising. The trends in the report are interesting and it’s probably fair to say that the law, like many other professional service sectors, is dominated by white middle class males. However, in our experience the last few years has seen a rise in diversity and we’ve seen many more women, and those from minority communities, coming into law – although often at a junior level.
One of the most important ways of redressing the balance is to inspire and engage with young people from different backgrounds early on so they see law as a viable career that isn’t elitist or discriminatory. Within our business, diversity is something we both embrace and actively promote as it makes for a more rounded and well engaged workforce. Progress has been made in the last decade but it’s the collective responsibility of the whole legal sector to make sure that carries on to ensure some the findings in this particular report become a distant memory.
For more information on the report, click this link which will take you to a recent Law Society Gazette article http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/legal-profession-inherently-masculine-says-report-lsb