Diversity in legal profession has a long way to go

Posted by pt91 at Oct 14, 2010 11:05 AM |
New research calls for wider diversity at the top of profession

A new study, led by Professor Hilary Sommerlad, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies in our School of Law, identifies important challenges that barristers face in career promotion today.

The research on diversity in the legal profession highlights a range of factors responsible for persistent inaccessibility and inequality. As a result people with certain ethnicity, gender and background are being left out.

Published by the Legal Services Board, the research focused on the experiences of women and BME practitioners, with a particular focus on promotion to senior levels of the profession.

Although findings suggest that significant changes have already been implemented towards greater openness, the profession still faces a major challenge to change cultures and expectations towards wider openness.

Professor Hilary Sommerlad is an internationally recognised researcher and author in the areas of gender and the legal profession.