Following discussions with and input from the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division (EMLD), the Law Society began conducting research into the career experiences of black and ethnic minority members of the legal profession in late 2019. The aim is to better understand the barriers to entry and progression and highlight other challenges and opportunities faced by the BAME community within the sector.
The Law Society are now approaching the second stage of this project, which will consist of virtual roundtables and an online survey, and they would like to invite you to be involved.
They are keen to hear the views of practitioners from a wide range of organisations and areas of law alongside insights from other professionals working in the sector involved in the recruitment and career progression of solicitors (HR, recruiters and D&I professionals).
The virtual roundtables will be held in July and August by DJS Research. They will bring together groups of up to six participants and the sessions will be run under the Chatham House rule. The full names of participants and their employers will not be visible to other participants in these sessions.
Members interested in taking part in an online survey will be sent a survey link in July.
Your contributions in both the survey and the roundtables will be anonymised and the intelligence gathered will inform the final report and the strategy to better support and promote black and ethnic minority solicitors in the profession.