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.

A lack of diversity in the profession has been included as a key risk in all recent SRA Risk Outlook reports.

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.

Stage Data to be broken down by role category? Sexual orientation/transgender information included? Religion or belief information included? Applies to sole practitioners/smaller firms?
Collect data Yes Yes Yes