When it comes to diversity and inclusion (“D&I”) in law firms, is the legal profession struggling? Is it a missed opportunity for everyone? Diverse solicitors bring diverse opinions, diverse teams make better decisions, and a more diverse and equitable legal industry drives more innovative and creative solutions.
The topic of D&I has been discussed at some level for many years and at G2 Legal we are hearing and seeing this topic being brought to our attentions more and more. But is just creating policies and procedures enough?
The reality is that the makeup of the legal industry remains widely populated by a largely homogenous racial and gender group. According to research, 86% of lawyers are white - a statistic that hasn’t changed much over the past decade. Additionally, research has also indicated that only 37% of lawyers were female.
Diversity requires greater inclusion in terms of factors like race or ethnicity, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation or identification, and age.
Now more than ever, the legal community needs to step up as leaders, counsels, and advisors with law firm D&I.
But how is your law firm’s brand building a diverse and inclusive law firm?
A good business brand is not just about having a pretty logo - every solicitor must also have an effective personal brand, just as we all do here at G2 Legal. If everyone in your firm looks the same in terms of things like gender, race, age, and sexual orientation, then it’s highly likely that your firm’s brand lacks diversity. So, in turn, does this mean you’re also likely to be missing out on connections with potential clients and growing the firm?
If inclusive teams reflect the diversity in our communities, is this then key to positive law firm culture, success, and growth?
I believe diversity keeps life interesting. It enables us to be inspired and exposed to a wide range of thoughts and opinions that could potentially influence our own. Diversity also helps us to identify the differences between us and embrace them, appreciating that we are all unique!
For further information, confidential advice, or a chat about the market and opportunities available to you, please feel free to get in touch with the team at G2 Legal.
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