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This Practice Note explains the SRA's requirements on an equality and diversity policy. Where appropriate, it also reflects Lexcel requirements and recommendations contained in Equality and Human Rights Commission Code of Practice.
There is no formal statutory requirement in the Equality Act 2010 for an employer to have an equality policy. However, the EHRC recommends that as a matter of good practice, employers draw up an equality policy (also known as an equal opportunities policy or equality and diversity policy) and put this policy into practice. The EHRC's Code of Practice provides very helpful guidance about what the policy should contain. The EHRC Code of Practice does not impose legal obligations, but tribunals and courts must take into account any part of the Code that appears to them relevant.
You should have a written equality and diversity policy, appropriate to the size and nature of your firm. See Practice Note: Equality and diversity: regulatory requirements for a summary of the SRA and Lexcel requirements regarding content.
There is no formal statutory requirement in the EqA 2010 for an employer to have an equality policy.
The EHRC's Code of Practice recommends that a systematic approach to developing and maintaining good practice is the best way of showing that an organisation is taking its
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