Flexible working is one way of supporting women lawyers, but this is only the starting point for a wider and effective diversity Epolicy, says Alison Lobb

For many solicitors’ firms, I suspect diversity is one of those words which comes up every two years when the SRA ask us all to complete a survey on the topic. 

Said SRA report is due this year, and while the completion of this questionnaire by all members of the organisation can often focus the mind on the make-up of the firm, the non-mandatory nature of it can mean that perhaps as managers we still don’t fully understand the actual diversity statistics of our businesses, nor indeed why they are relevant. 

As managing partner of a firm which is strongly female dominated, I often get asked about how our firm works and why we are the way we are.

The answer is that as far as we are concerned we are n...

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