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QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH ANALYSIS

Analysis of the state of diversity within the legal market, summarising the opinions of both in-house lawyers and outside professionals, whilst also evaluating how legal teams are contributing to diversity initiatives within their organisations.

SHAPING DIVERSITY PART ONE

To start at the beginning, why bother about diversity and inclusion? What does this actually have to do with the main business of most corporations in modern capitalism – making money?

SHAPING DIVERSITY PART TWO

A key challenge around initiatives is making them an integral part of the culture; not just window-dressing or box-ticking. There is a perception among those active in the field that initiatives without depth can actually have a detrimental effect as these ghettoise the activities of diversity and inclusion.

A CEO'S PERSPECTIVE ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, makes the strategic case for the company's commitment to diversity and inclusion, in particular its gender balance plans.

SHAPING DIVERSITY PART THREE

In the interviews conducted for this report, much of the strategic engagement or the initiatives undertaken were done at a company-wide level. However, some initiatives were specific to legal teams and were often engaged in addressing inequalities in legal education and hiring practices.

DIVERSITY- THE EXTERNAL COUNSEL PERSPECTIVE

The people in any business are the critical element in providing a competitive edge. A diverse workforce does not just make good business sense, it makes societal sense as well.

TOOLKIT

Diversity levels across the legal sector – from partnership in private firms, through to new recruits fresh out of law school or even in-house legal functions – suggest that there are still barriers to entering and progressing through the industry for certain groups and demographics of people.