Publications

Career Progression in the Legal Sector (August 2012)

Download our report on Career Progression in the Legal Sector hereFollowing our groundbreaking survey The Career Experience of LGB Solictors conducted with the Law Society and the Bar Council and published in 2010, we are now publishing a more ambitious and far-reaching project that has surveyed the career experiences of almost 2,000 lawyers and business services professionals working in the legal sector. Our aim is to uncover diverging career experiences of all kinds of people from all backgrounds in every kind of legal practice. The objective is to understand what drives or hinders career progression in the legal sector for men and women, gay and straight, black and white, religious and non-believer. This will inform our work to support a diverse and inclusive workforce across the legal sector where every individual has a fair opportunity to develop a rewarding career.

Barriers to Application for Judicial Appointment for LGBT Lawyers: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Experiences (September 2011)

Please click here to download the InterLaw Diversity Forum’s groundbreaking report produced with The Law Society and The Bar Council on Barriers to Application for Judicial Appointment for LGBT Lawyers: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Experiences published in September 2011.  It was co-authored by Professor Leslie J. Moran and Daniel K. Winterfeldt and features a forward from the Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission Christopher Stevens.

The Career Experience of LGB Solicitors (November 2010)

Please click here to download our report on the 2009 Survey of LGB Solicitors which was conducted by the Interlaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks and the Law Society. This report presents the findings of that online survey, the aim of which was to gather information about the career experiences of solicitors in order to inform the Law Society’s equality and diversity work. In addition, the research will be used to help firms improve their recruitment, retention and career development of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) solicitors.

Recent years have seen a proliferation of equality legislation. Organisations pay more attention than ever before to ensuring their employees receive equal treatment. The purpose of this survey is to determine the extent to which the goals of new equality legislation and those which organisations have, to much fanfare, set themselves, translate into individuals’ experiences of life in the legal profession.

The ideal scenario would be one in which all LGB people can progress up the legal career ladder on equal terms with non-LGB people, being judged on the same basis. Many respondents to this survey would say that their experiences reflect this scenario. However, the survey has also shown respondents’ experiences to be widely divergent; negative experiences are still not uncommon and equality does not appear to be a consistent expectation across the profession.

Annual Report 2009/10 (June 2010)

For a full copy of our Annual Report 2009/10 please click here.

Annual Report 2008 (December 2008)

For a full copy of our Annual Report 2008 please click here.

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