Diversity monitoring—regulatory requirements
Diversity monitoring—regulatory requirements

The following Practice Compliance guidance 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
  • Stage 2: Aggregating and reporting data to the SRA
  • Stage 3: Publishing data
  • Data protection issues
  • more

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.

Both the SRA and the Legal Services Board (LSB) are required to encourage an independent, strong, diverse and effective legal profession. The LSB requires the SRA to ensure diversity data is collected and monitored. In 2012, the SRA conducted a diversity monitoring exercise on behalf of the profession. Since 2013 the obligation has fallen on individual firms.

The SRA Handbook includes a specific obligation in the Code of Conduct to monitor, report and, where appropriate, publish diversity data. This builds on existing requirements to:

  1. run your business in a way that encourages equality of opportunity and respect for diversity

  2. have a written Policy—equality (short form) that includes details of your arrangements for workforce diversity monitoring

Outside of the Code of Conduct requirements there is a lot of information on the SRA website about equality, diversity and inclusion in