Diversity In The Legal Profession In England And Wales

In recent years the legal profession in England and Wales has become increasingly diverse, according to this University of Westminster research, funded by the Legal Services Board. Yet statistics demonstrate that the profession is segmented and stratified on gendered, raced and classed lines, suggesting that the opportunities available to young lawyers are not equally distributed. Research also indicates that white graduates from higher socio-economic groups are over-represented in large City firms and at the Bar, while BME women from lower socio-economic groups are concentrated in small High Street practices. Leadership Briefing 5.06 (54)

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