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This Practice Note provides information for law firms about unconscious bias, including what it is, how it can impact diversity and inclusion (D&I) and how it can be addressed.
Further information about different aspects of D&I can be found in the following Practice Notes:
What is diversity and inclusion (D&I)—law firms
The growing focus on diversity and inclusion (D&I) in law firms
Collecting and monitoring diversity and inclusion (D&I) data—law firms
Attracting diverse talent—law firms
Retaining diverse talent—law firms
Unconscious bias can be defined as 'our implicit people preferences, formed by our socialisation, our experiences, and by our exposure to others’ views about other groups of people'.
Bias will influence a person’s judgement, behaviour and perceptions. Every person has a unique set of life experiences from which they form their values, eg what is important to them in life, work and their beliefs. This means every individual has a unique perspective of what, to them, is familiar, and hence comfortable and safe. As a result, everything else outside their perspective is different, unfamiliar, and potentially more uncomfortable to engage with. For many of us, it is a natural instinct to be drawn towards people just like ourselves.
A person's view of the world is shaped from a young age by the key influencers in their childhood, eg their parents, teachers, siblings, guardians and friends. Background
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This Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which your matter is proceeding, you may also need to be mindful of additional provisions—see further below.What is a Part 8 claim?A Part 8 claim is a claim
Competency—general ruleThe most common way for evidence to be adduced is through the testimony of a witness. A witness is said to be competent if they can, as a matter of law, be called by a party to give evidence. All people are deemed competent to give evidence, whatever their age, at every stage
The roles of nominated officer and money laundering reporting officerA nominated officer is an individual who is nominated by a firm to receive disclosures under Part 7 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA 2002) or Part III of the Terrorism Act 2000 (TA 2000)—see Requirement to appoint a
Brexit: The UK's departure from the EU on exit day, ie Friday 31 January 2020, has implications for practitioners considering service out of the jurisdiction. For guidance, see: Cross border considerations—checklist—Service—Brexit specific.This Practice Note explains when an acknowledgment of
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