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Law Society to consult on equality standards

17 July 2014 | tagged News release

The Law Society of Scotland is looking for solicitors' views on proposed equality and diversity standards for the legal profession.

The consultation follows in-depth research across the profession and 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.

Janet Hood, convener of the Law Society's Equality and DiversityCommittee, said: "We want to be able to demonstrate the excellent practice already present in the profession and how adopting equality and diversity standards can deliver tangible business benefits, as well as tackle some of the issues we have identified through our research into Scotland's legal sector.

"Having defined equality and diversity standards will build on the guidance that is already available for our members and will help promote best practice across the legal sector.

"It's important that the legal profession leads on equality work like this, not just for those who work in the legal sector but for all those they represent and advise.

"Having strong equality standards brings real business benefits and helps employers attract and retain talented people. It's widely recognised that an inclusive workplace can help increase commitment and levels of motivation among staff, boost productivity and innovation and as a result bring clear benefits for clients and the business overall .

"The consultation, along with results of a pilot that we are running and specific consultation meetings we are having with public interest, advice sector bodies and equality groups, will give us invaluable insight as to how the standards can be used to develop good practice within different business types whether a major corporate law firm, a high street practice or an in-house legal team."

The consultation runs from 17 July to 25 September.  /framework-for-success

ENDS                                                     17 JULY 2014

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Journalists can contact Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884

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