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Law Society seeks solicitors to join equality pilot

09 June 2014 | tagged News release

The Law Society of Scotland is to pilot new equality standards as part of its work to promote good practice within the legal profession.

The Society is now looking for firms and other organisations to help test the new equality standards which have been formulated up by an expert group drawn from the profession.

The pilot follows the recent publication of Law Society guidance Ensuring fairness, creating opportunity: A practical guide to equality and diversity for Scottish solicitors, which aims to ensure solicitors incorporate the principles of equality and diversity throughout their organisation to benefit their clients, their staff and their business.

Neil Stevenson, Director of Representation and Support at the Law Society of Scotland, said: "It's important that the legal profession is seen to lead on equality work, not just for those who work in the legal sector but for all those they represent and advise.

"We also know that having strong equality standards brings business benefits as firms attract and retain talented people within their organisations and I hope that having equality standards in place will ensure good practice throughout the legal profession.

"An expert group has developed the initial framework, with input from all types of law firms and other organisations which employ solicitors in-house, however, we are now at the stage where we need to try out how this works in practice when applied to a firm. 

"We are looking for a large firm, a small firm, and an in-house team to take part in the pilot. We will support the organisations selected, and I hope will be able to add value to the way they work in return for their involvement."

The work will involve scoring the firm or organisation's existing approach against a matrix and identifying an action plan for improvement. For an informal and confidential conversation, contact neilstevenson@lawscot.org.uk.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Journalists can contact Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884 valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk

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