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2013 SRA Diversity Data Collection goes live

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced that firms can now report their workforce diversity data online through a new facility on mySRA, designed to help firms demonstrate how they are meeting the requirements of Principle 9 of the Code of Conduct.

This is the second year the data has been collected - the results for the 2012 exercise can be found here. Collection of this data is a Legal Services Board requirement to promote transparency and diversity in the legal services market.

Antony Townsend, SRA Chief Executive, said: "Collecting information about the diversity of staff helps us to build a picture of the diversity of solicitors and others employed in legal services. We encourage firms to explain to their staff why the data is being collected and what will happen to it. Firms themselves can use the data to review their compliance with Principle 9.”

This week the SRA will be contacting firms to remind them of the arrangements they need to make to:

  • Collect diversity data on their firm's workforce profile
  • Report their aggregated data to the SRA using the new online reporting facility
  • Publish a summary of the data collected

Firms can refer to a range of help on the SRA's website, including:

There are a number of third party tools available to help firms collect the required diversity data, including a free online tool by the Law Society.

The SRA will publish the aggregated data of the diversity data collection early in 2014.

 
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