Law Firms Catching Up With Regard To Diversity

Author:Giambrone Law ILP
Profession:Giambrone & Partners

There has been a steady change in the attitude and approach of the more enlightened London law firms since the shake-up delivered by the Legal Services Act 2007. There is a more responsive way of thinking driven by the recognition that the competitive advantage can be gained by consciously reflecting the demands and especially the diversity of their clients, in their workforce.

The rhetorical lip-service is being replaced with genuine strategies for the inclusion of under-represented sections of the profession. City AM reports that the Law Society's Diversity & Inclusion Charter, which promotes best practices in recruitment, retention, and career progression at law firms, had, in 2017, signatories that amounted to almost a third of the legal profession. This is viewed as a significant change and a far cry from the men-only atmosphere that prevailed for so many years.

The broader prospective that diversity brings, which is more reflective of the client base, inevitably will have a positive effect on the potential clients who will, in turn, have greater confidence in placing their legal matters with a firm whose diversity suggests that there is likely to be a greater understanding and empathy when dealing with their matter. Law firms that publicly commit to diversity and inclusion will also attract better talent. The firms that support the development of women's group and supportive affinity groups based on gender, sexual orientation and ethnic origin as well as the inclusion of individuals from underprivileged backgrounds are perceived as far better placed to address a multitude of matter involving sensitive issues relating in particular to one group or another as they will have considerably better understanding of how the potential solutions will impact within their clients' environment.

Giambrone's diversity stems from the fact that merit is the only criteria applied in recruitment and there is no discriminatory thinking aimed at individuals who do not conform to the perceived norm; therefore the Giambrone workforce is comprised of individuals of different nationalities, races, cultures, sexual orientations, genders, religions, abilities and ages. The lawyers and staff at Giambrone can draw on personal experience...

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