Legal profession urged to encourage diversity

The government has announced plans to encourage diversity in the legal professions.

The Department for Constitutional Affairs published the report, Diversity in the Legal Services, which does not place any duties on the profession, but merely offers encouragement.

The report aims to encourage leading firms, chambers and those who employ lawyers to:

  • monitor diversity and to publish the details
  • publish their policies on diversity and equality
  • look for recruits from a wider range of universities.

It calls for a working group to be set up between the department and the legal profession to explore diversity issues.

Legal services minister Bridget Prentice said it was essential that the legal profession should be, and should be seen to be, representative of all the people it serves.

“To make this a reality, talent should be encouraged from all quarters of our society,” she said.

“We are also committed to encouraging diversity among our judges for the same reasons,” she added.

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