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Firms should consider setting ethnic minority diversity targets, says SRA

Law firms should consider setting diversity targets for BME lawyers and staff, just as some have done with women, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

June 3rd, 2014 | 1 Comment »

SRA calls in race relations expert to review its decisions

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has brought in an equality and race relations expert to look at whether there is any racial bias in the decisions it makes after research showed that BME solicitors continue to be disproportionately represented in its regulatory decisions.

August 7th, 2012 | No Comments »

Black lawyers reignite SRA race discrimination row

Around 15 claims of race discrimination against the Solicitors Regulation Authority will be launched shortly, arguing that it treats black and minority ethnic solicitors less favourably than white counterparts, the Society of Black Lawyers has claimed.

January 26th, 2012 | Comments Off on Black lawyers reignite SRA race discrimination row

SRA: BME solicitors face increasingly disproportionate number of conduct complaints

The proportion of black and minority ethnic solicitors (BME) named in complaints about conduct to the Solicitors Regulation Authority surged last year, the third year in which the figure has risen. BME solicitors comprised 27% of all conduct complaints.

November 11th, 2011 | No Comments »

138 law firms in the ARP close down as solicitors face bankruptcy action

Some 138 law firms have closed after entering the assigned risks pool in the past two years, while solicitors who do not pay their ARP premiums are being pursued into bankruptcy, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has reported. Most of the firms (119) shut through an orderly wind-down, while 19 were closed by an SRA intervention.

July 11th, 2011 | No Comments »

BSB to toughen up equality rules as research shows solicitors have a way to go too

Concerns over a worsening diversity picture at the Bar have prompted the Bar Standards Board to consider making aspects of its guidelines on diversity mandatory. The news came as research published by the Law Society showed that significant obstacles still face women and ethnic minorities in accessing the upper reaches of the solicitors’ profession.

November 22nd, 2010 | No Comments »

SRA says ABSs are likely to prove good news for solicitors and consumers alike

There is real potential for alternative business structures (ABSs) to have a positive impact on both the profession and consumers, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said. The provisional conclusions of an equality impact assessment said solicitors would benefit from improved employment opportunities, while ABSs would facilitate improved access to legal services for consumers.

October 26th, 2010 | 2 Comments »