Background

As part of our commitment to the promotion of the principles and values of Equality & Diversity, and in line with our regulatory requirements, we have collected diversity data from our staff. The data is used to test the effectiveness of our Equality & Diversity Policies, and to ensure that our firm benefits from as diverse and inclusive workforce as possible.

Data Collection Process

In order to collect this data, we used a Law Society approved questionnaire which was provided to our staff. The questionnaire was optional for staff to complete, which means that where some staff chose not to complete them, then we did not include them in our data analysis.

There was also an option for each of the questions contained in the questionnaire for staff to select “Prefer not to say” where they felt any given question was intrusive or an invasion of their privacy

Privacy and Data Protection

While considering the method for publication of our diversity information, we took guidance from the Solicitors Regulation Authority “Publication Framework.” This document makes statements about how any reported data must not breach the Data Protection Act, or invade the privacy of any of the personnel who completed an Equality & Diversity Questionnaire. To this end, where it is believed by us that it would be possible for any one individual to be identified from a particular piece of data or information, we have either;

  • Changed the data set to eliminate the risk of the individual being identified, or
  • In some cases may not publish the data about a given diversity category.
  • In all cases apart from the data regarding roles, we have not broken down the data by role type

Data Categories contained within this report

This report contains information about the following;

  1. Type of role within the firm
  2. Age
  3. Gender identity
  4. Transgender (gender identity different from that associated with sex at birth)
  5. Disability (according to Equality Act)
  6. Day-to day limitation to activities because of health problem or disability lasting 12 months
  7. Ethnicity
  8. Religion or belief
  9. Sexual orientation
  10. School type from 11 to 18
  11. First generation to attend university
  12. Primary carer for a child under 18
  13. Time spent providing unpaid care for those with long term physical or mental ill health caused by disability or age

Diversity Data

1. Types of role within the firm

The above pie chart shows the percentage of individuals who completed a questionnaire by their general role type in the firm.

2. Age

The above pie chart shows the percentage of individuals who completed a questionnaire by their age groups.

3. Gender Identity

The above pie chart shows the percentage of individuals who completed a questionnaire by their gender identity.

4. Transgender (gender identity different from that associated with sex at birth)

The above pie chart shows the percentage of individuals who completed a questionnaire by their gender identity if different from birth.

5. Disability

We have not produced a pie chart for this category, as all of the individuals who completed the questionnaire did not consider themselves to have a disability.

6. Day-to-day limitation to activities because of health problems or disability lasting 12 months

The above pie chart shows the percentage of individuals who completed a questionnaire by their day to day limitation to activities because of health problems or disability lasting 12 months

7. Ethnicity

The above pie chart shows the percentage of individuals who completed the questionnaire in relation to their ethnic group.

8. Religion or Belief

The above shows the percentage of individuals who completed the questionnaire in relation to their religion/belief.

9. Sexual Orientation

We have not produced a pie chart for this category, as all of the individuals who completed the questionnaire were heterosexual or straight or preferred not to say.

10. School type from 11-18

The above pie chart shows the percentages of those individuals that completed a questionnaire and attended a UK state school or a UK independent/fee paying school.

11. First generation to attend university

This category is about whether an individual who attended University was the first generation of their family to do or or not, and the above pie chart shows the percentage of individuals who were, those who were not, and those that did not attend University.

12. Primary carer for a child under 18

This category is about whether any individual who completed a questionnaire is a primary carer for one or more children under 18 years of age, and the above pie chart shows the percentages of those who answered “yes” and those who answered “no.”

13.  Time spent providing unpaid care for those with long term physical or mental ill health caused by disability or age

This category is about whether any of the individuals who completed the questionnaire have any caring responsibilities for others, and how many hours per week they spend providing care support to those others. The above pie chart shows the percentages of individuals who completed a questionnaire who have no caring responsibilities and those that do in bands of the hours they spend providing support.

Annual Review

The diversity data of the firm will be collected annually, and reviewed by a Director to ascertain whether the firm is achieving its aspirations to have an inclusive and diverse workforce.

The next diversity report will be published in July 2019

Equality & Diversity Policy

We are happy to provide a copy of our Equality & Diversity Policy on request. The can be done by requesting a copy from the Reception areas of any of our offices