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

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.

Our commitment

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

To represent and protect these truly 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 ten years, some looking at the whole sector and collecting data to let us assess change, and others looking at specific groups, like minority ethnic solicitors, or specific issues, like bullying.

#LetsTalkProgression

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.