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Equal before the law

Nicholas Cheffings explains the benefits that embracing diversity and levelling the playing field will bring to law firms

3 February 2016

When it comes to diversity in the legal profession, whether it be diversity of class, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, people often ask me why it is something I feel so strongly about. Is it based on business strategy? Is it a sense of corporate responsibility, or is it just born out of basic decency and moral obligation? The answer to all those is of course a resounding yes, but for me the fundamental point is simply this: our legal system is built on the premise that every person is equal before the law. How is it possible for us to adhere to that premise if our profession is not reflective of that equality, and if it is not representative of the population we work with and for?

We must do better. It is common sense. It is morally right. It is good for business, and the evidence is overwhelming. There are beacons of excellence within our profession, and at Hogan Lovells we are working very hard to address th...

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