Firms and chambers must publish diversity stats, says UK LSB

February 15, 2011 UK law firms and barristers’ chambers may be forced to publish data about the diversity of their workforce, if new proposals put forward by the Legal Services Board are put into effect.

The LSB recommends that firms and chambers be required to publish the results of diversity surveys, including information about the socio-economic background, age, race, disability, religion, gender and sexual orientation of all staff, fee-earners and partners.

LSB chairman David Edmonds said: "Whilst there has been positive work on widening access to the legal profession, there are apparent continuing inequalities. Through these measures there will be greater transparency and sharper scrutiny by regulators and consumers based on published data. Appropriate policies can then be developed on the basis of the evidence we collect."


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