Encouraging equality of opportunity and respect for diversity
Birchall Blackburn Law recognises the challenges faced by people from minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds looking for opportunities to enter the legal profession. The firm has never selected staff based on factors such as as age, gender or ethnic origin. We believe that in order to offer the best service, we need the best people. That is the only philosophy that drives our recruitment.
In recent years, we have broadened our recruitment strategy, to maximise the potential for finding the best candidates. This is best demonstrated by the change to a more open approach to recruiting Trainee Solicitors. They are the future of the profession and we want to find the best, whatever their background.
We acknowledge that we could do more, and we are developing strategies to actively encourage people into the firm who might not get a chance through more traditional routes. In 2012, the SRA asked all law firms to encourage their staff to take part in an online survey of the profession. Limited data was made available by the SRA once the data was collated. In 2013, the task of surveying the workforce was left to individual firms.
Although completion of the survey was not compulsory, we are pleased that a significant proportion of our staff from across all roles and areas of work took part, with a 118 per cent increase in the response rate from 2012 to 2013. As the response rate increases, it will greatly improve the value of the data collected.
Download the publication: Diversity Data Publication