We have produced information, guides and advice to help you, our members, and your organisations promote equality and diversity and eliminate the gender pay gap. These include an Equal Pay Toolkit, our Parents in the Profession guides, the Equality Standards, and a Menopause Support Resource.

There is also the opportunity to work in partnership with us in this area. To discuss this further please contact Charlotta Cedeqvist, Head of Business Development.

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Equality and diversity guides

Supporting our members to comply with their legal duties and to excel as employers and service providers.

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Equality and diversity strategy

A summary of our work and plans from 2014 to 2017.

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Equality and diversity research

Take a look at our key research which looks at the whole legal sector, as well as specific groups and issues.

#Let'sTalkProgression

One of the biggest issues in this area currently is the gender pay gap. While our profession is not unique in facing the challenge of a gender pay gap, we want to continue having open and positive discussion about gender equality and what we can all do. 

Take a look at the questions below and get involved in the conversation. Discuss them with colleagues and friends, tell us your views by email, or join the conversation in our social media groups using #LetsTalkProgression

  • What benefits does diversity offer our profession?
  • What can we do to promote thinking about gender equality?
  • What can you do to promote diversity and challenge the gender pay gap?
  • How can we ensure diversity at senior levels across the profession?
  • Does your social or ethnic background affect your career options?
  • What should we do to close the pay gap?
  • How can you progress your career and have a family?
  • Why do so many women in their 30s leave the profession?
  • Why do so few men take up shared parental leave?
  • Should we encourage more men to study law?

Nearly three quarters of all law students are female. Why are male students staying away?

Over two thirds of solicitors under 45 years of age are female.

Looking at the Scottish solicitor profession as a whole, over half are female.

Of those who go on to become accredited specialists, it's split equally between males and females.

The average gap between earnings of male and female solicitors is 42%

For every one female solicitor advocate, there are three males.

You're three times more likely to be an equity partner if you're male.

Twice as many males reach director level at in-house employers.

Equality and diversity blogs, articles and events

The Equality Standards, guides and other information are supplemented by regular blogs from experts and events covering key issues.

Advent: Glimmers of light in the season of waiting

This year's Christmas may have been overtaken by the coronavirus pandemic, but there is still light to be found in the darkness of these difficult times, says, Mary Macleod, Solicitor of the Church of the Church of Scotland Law Department.

Christmas: A well-known story

With this year's Christmas celebrations taking on a rather different guise to normal, Michael P. Clancy, Director of Law Reform at the Law Society of Scotland, considers the story at the heart of this Christian festival and the enduring comfort and hope it brings.

The Christian message of Christmas: Make a wonderful life

To celebrate Christmas this year, Jamie Kerr, a Partner at Burness Paull, reflects on the message of hope and redemption that this festive time brings.

Disability and the legal profession

For the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, John Ballantine, a member of our Equalities Law Sub-Committee, a retired solicitor, a disabled person and a Member of the SSC Society, reflects on six ways that life has changed for disabled solicitors, since he qualified in 1981.

International Men's Day 2020: Parental leave for dads should be part of our new normal

Tim Mouncer, Public Affairs Manager at the Law Society of Scotland, tells us about his experience of taking shared parental leave and his hopes that it becomes an expected norm for fathers.

International Men's Day 2020: A letter to my son

Tim Taylor, an Associate Solicitor at Hastings Legal and member of our Property and Land Law Reform Law Sub-Committee, writes a letter to his 16-month-old son Ben reflecting on men's wellbeing and what it means to be a "good man".

International Men's Day 2020: Je ne regrette rien…

Gregory Stachura, a Knowledge & Development lawyer in Banking Practice at Burness Paull, discusses how the experience of his father's efforts to be a fully involved dad has impacted his own approach to fatherhood, even when flexible and part-time working for dads was less-than fashionable.

Bias and allyship

How can we challenge our own biases and become an anti-racist ally? Jamila Archibald, a solicitor in the commercial disputes and regulation team at Shepherd and Wedderburn explores the different types of bias in a Black History Month blog for us.

We all have a role to play

The fight for justice and inclusion, regardless of colour or creed, is a shared history that we must all strive to build upon to ensure a society and profession where everyone can thrive, says Tsepiso Forrest, a DPLP student at Robert Gordon University (RGU) and volunteer at the Citizen Advice Bureaux in Nairn and RGU Law Clinic.

Scotland's history is Black history

Tatora Mukushi, a Dual-Qualified Human Rights Solicitor currently leading Shelter Scotland’s Migrant Destitution Project, discusses the tightly interwoven history of Scotland and Black people, arguing that education on the topic is crucial to creating meaningful change and that lawyers have a vital role to play.

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Our commitment

As the professional body for solicitors in Scotland, we have responsibilities to the profession, to the public, and as an employer.

To represent and protect these diverse groups, we recognise the need to:

  • value the contribution from all who make up the population of Scotland
  • take strength from the widest experience, knowledge and understanding it can access - both within and outwith our membership
  • go beyond legal compliance by integrating diversity into all that we do
  • promote the core values of diversity to the profession as a whole
Our responsibilities

We, alongside the legal profession, have various responsibilities in relation to equality and diversity covered by legislation and statutory codes. 

For example:

  • as employers
  • as a regulator of the profession
  • as providers of 'goods and services' (to the public). 

We also have additional responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 as a:

  • 'public authority' in respect of our public functions
  • service provider to the profession
  • trade (membership) organisation
  • qualifications body

You can view our key research in this area over the last 10 years, some looking at the whole sector and collecting data to let us assess change, and others looking at specific groups, such as minority ethnic solicitors, or specific issues, like bullying.