The UK has published proposals to further encourage diversity in the legal professions. The report ‘Diversity in the Legal Services’, includes proposals to
- Encourage leading firms and chambers to monitor diversity and to publish the details.
- Encourage leading firms and chambers to publish their policies on diversity and equality
- Encourage those who employ lawyers to look for recruits from a wider range of universities.
- Setting up a working group between the DCA and the legal profession to explore diversity issues
According to the report “Ministers will therefore be writing to firms and chambers (starting with the top 100 firms and 30 chambers as identified by The Lawyer magazine) asking that they publish data about the diverse make up of their organisations on their websites and/or in their publications … As well as asking firms and chambers to publish data on the diversity of their organisations, the Department will also ask that they publish details of their diversity, equality and training policies”.