SRA calls on largest law firms to publish diversity data in push to improve access to legal profession
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has called on more of the UK's largest law firms to get involved in its efforts to collate comprehensive diversity statistics following the publication of a major report on the make-up of the legal profession. The regulator last month published its first report, 'Diversity in the legal profession: workforce data for solicitors firms 2012', on the back of the Legal Services Board's (LSB's) controversial plans to force law firms and barristers' chambers to publish internal diversity and social mobility statistics on their websites. The initiative is part of the LSB's push to open up the profession to prospective lawyers from non-traditional backgrounds. The body hopes that by making the information – which is collated by approved regulators such as the SRA – available to clients, pressure will be placed on firms to further improve access to the profession.
Regulator encourages leading firms to collect information in preparation for its second diversity survey
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