“Real challenges” for large law firms in improving diversity, says SRA

“Real challenges” for large law firms in improving diversity, says SRA

The largest firms have the greatest proportion of those who went to independent/fee-paying schools, at 29% compared to 7.5% in the wider population, and the greatest proportion of lawyers from a professional socio-economic background, at 68% compared to 37% nationally.At the other end, 17% of lawyers were from a lower socio-economic background, compared to 39% nationally.There continues to be potential under-reporting of disability, with just 5% lawyers saying they had a disability (up from 4% in 2019), compared to 14% of the UK working population.A third of lawyers have primary caring responsibilities for children and 8% care for others with long term physical or mental ill health cause by disability or age.SRA chair Anna Bradley said: “These latest results show that while we continue to see change for the better across many areas, work is needed to achieve real diversity and inclusion across the sector as a whole.“Diversity for Black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors and women at senior levels is a particular challenge at large firms. We know that many firms have excellent initiatives in place to address progression and retention, but there is clearly more to be done.

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