Our regulatory body, the Solicitors Regulation Authority require us to collect, publish and report to them data
about the diversity of our workforce. They last undertook this exercise in 2015 and are doing so again in 2017, with slight alterations to the data being collected.
As we are a small firm, we aren’t able to publish the data in as much detail as a larger firm might be able to, as we need to avoid publishing data that would identify an individual. This is a requirement of the Data Protection Act.
There are, at the time of completing the diversity questionnaire in 2017, 16 of us. Fourteen of us completed the diversity questionnaire. The following comments refer only to those of us who completed the questionnaire.
Ten of us are women. Three of us are men. One person declined to answer this question.
Thirteen of us consider our gender identity to be the same as that associated with our sex as registered at birth. One of us declined to answer this question.
Thirteen of us are White British/English/Welsh/Northern Irish/Scottish. One person declined to answer this question.
We are of a variety of ages: 2 between 16 – 24, 5 between 25 – 34, 2 between 35 – 44, 3 between 45 -54, 1 of us is between 55 – 64 and 1 of us declined to answer this question.
Disability: 3 of us consider ourselves to have a disability within the meaning of the Equality Act, 9 of us consider ourselves not to have such a disability and 2 of us would prefer not to say.
Religion:9 of us have no religion/belief or are Atheist, 2 of us are Christian and 3 of us would prefer not to say or did not provide a response to this question.
Sexuality: 11 of us are Heterosexual/Straight, 1 of is Bisexual, 2 of us would prefer not to say.
Turning to our socio-economic background:
Schooling: 10 went to UK State Schools, 1 went to a UK Independent School, 3 preferred not to say or didn’t
provide a response to this question, 3 of us were part of the first generation of their family to go to university, 4 of us went to university but were not part of the first generations in their families to do so, 4 of us have not attended university and 3 of us either preferred not to say or didn’t provide a response to this question.
Caring responsibilities: 3 of us are primary carers for a child or children under 18, 10 of us are not primary carers for a child or children under 18, 1 of us preferred not to say whether or not they were a primary carer for a child, 2 of us provide unpaid help or support to family members/friends etc for reasons of disability/old age for between 1 – 19 hours per week. 1 of us provides unpaid help or support to family members/friends etc for reasons of disability/old age for 50 or more hours per week and 9 of us don’t provide this sort of unpaid help. 1 of us preferred not to say whether they provide unpaid help or support to family members or friends.