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Resources: Equality and diversity

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Workforce diversity data collection

All firms regulated by the SRA are required to collect, report and publish their workforce diversity data annually. For more information, see Diversity data collection.

Principle 9 thematic supervision visits

In 2012, we carried out a number of thematic supervision visits with firms to see what arrangements they had in place to help them meet Principle 9. The resulting report details our findings and is helpful in illustrating how the outcomes specified in chapter 2 of the Code of Conduct can be met: Thematic study of compliance with Principle 9: Encouraging equality of opportunity and respect for diversity, April 2013 (PDF 31 pages, 535K).

Regulating compliance with Principle 9

We are making plans to monitor the incidence of reports involving Principal 9 as recommended by our thematic supervision report on compliance with Principle 9 (see above).

We reviewed the incidence of reports received under the old rules, Rule 6 of the Conduct of Conduct 2007: Rule 6 - discrimination reports to the SRA in 2010.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has helpful information and advice about the law on equality and human rights.

Professional ethics helpline for solicitors

For advice on the SRA Handbook and how to meet the outcomes set out in Chapter 2, contact our professional ethics helpline for solicitors.


Ethics FAQs

Question of ethics

Topic-based ethics guidance


Rules and regulations in force before 6 October 2011