Diversity monitoring—regulatory requirements
Diversity monitoring—regulatory requirements

The following Practice Compliance practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Diversity monitoring—regulatory requirements
  • The regulatory regime
  • The three stages of diversity monitoring
  • Are all firms required to monitor diversity?
  • Whose data must you collect?
  • Timescales
  • Stage 1: Collecting your firm's diversity data
  • What data should you collect?
  • How to collect the data
  • Encouraging participation
  • More...

Diversity monitoring—regulatory requirements

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requires you to collect, report and publish data regarding the diversity breakdown of your workforce on a biennial basis.

The SRA is prescriptive about what data you must collect and from whom.

This Practice Note explains what is required of your firm. A separate Practice Note, Diversity monitoring and data protection, explains the data protection implications of diversity monitoring.

The regulatory regime

There is no direct statutory requirement for you to monitor the diversity of your workforce. The SRA imposes this requirement.

The three stages of diversity monitoring

The three stages to the diversity monitoring obligation are:

  1. collecting diversity data from your workforce

  2. reporting the data to the SRA

  3. publishing the data

Slightly different requirements apply as shown below.

StageData to be broken down by role category?Sexual orientation information included?Religion or belief information included?Applies to sole practitioners/smaller firms?
Collect dataYesYesYesYes
Report to SRAYesYesYesYes
Publish dataRole categories can be wholly or partly combinedOptionalOptionalNot if publication risks identification of individuals within the firm

Are all firms required to monitor diversity?

The requirement to collect, report and publish diversity statistics applies to all firms, including sole practitioners, traditional law firms and alternative business structures. If your firm is made up of various separate but related entities, you are only required to supply one set of data.

The diversity monitoring requirement does

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