Diversity in UK Law Firms

24 August 2017

Diversity in the legal profession is improving, but only slowly.

Lawyers who are black and minority ethnic (BAME) now make up 18% of the legal workforce in SRA regulated firms. However, the proportions of female and black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors are not equally distributed in different areas of the profession.

Women now make up 47 percent of all solicitors and are the majority owners of a third of all law firms in England and Wales. However they are more likely to work in lower paid areas of work, such as family and immigration law and are less likely to work in corporate law. And, the number of women and black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors progressing to senior roles does not reflect those doing well in their legal education or entering the profession.

Many law firms place equality, diversity and inclusion as a priority. However, law firms can do more …