Diversity Report

October 2021


In this issue:

  • Fear & Hope: Under pressure to ‘talk less and do more’ in diversity 
  • Facing up to Reality: Top firms lag behind with too few Black lawyers 
  • ‘Law firms are not looking in the right places’ – Flo Anderson profiles Netanya Clixby, LGBT+ rights champion 
  • ‘Some parts of the Bar have a diversity problem’ – Derek Sweeting QC, Chair of the Bar, talks to Dominic Carman 
  • ‘Racism is often subtle’ – Law Society president, I.Stephanie Boyce

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