The Solicitors’ Profession: Diversity, Career Progression and Firm Type

This is an event in the Ideas in Practice series hosted by Leeds University Business School on 30th April 2018

What is the impact of the interaction of gender and ethnicity characteristics on solicitor career progression and how does this vary by firm type? Following on from the publication of the report, "Mapping advantages and disadvantages: Diversity in the legal profession in England and Wales", the seminar provides an opportunity to learn more about and discuss the implications of how progression for men, women and minority ethnic solicitors varies by the size, location and type of work undertaken by legal practices. 

Bringing together policymakers, and a wide range of representatives from across the legal services market – including professional bodies, other regulators, legal practices, equality & diversity networks - the event will also explore, in light of the research findings, how to improve career progression opportunities for all in the legal profession. 

A full report can be accessed here

Event format

5.00pm Registration and refreshments
5:30pm Welcome and introduction by Kirsty Bartlett, Global Co-Chair, Women’s Enterprise Group, Squire Patton Boggs
5.40pm Presentation of the report "Mapping advantages and disadvantages: Diversity in the legal profession in England and Wales" by Leeds University Business School and Newcastle University team
6.00pm Panel discussion on the impact of the report
  Panel members: Kirsty Bartlett (Squire Patton Boggs), Jane Malcolm (SRA), Ranjit Sond (Society of Asian Lawyers), Paulette Mastin (Linklaters), Janet Legrand QC (Hon) (DLA Piper), Alex Storer (The Law Society), Professor Jennifer Tomlinson (University of Leeds)
6.45pm Q&A and discussion
7.15pm Networking reception
8.00pm Event close

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