Equality & diversity in law firms (ICAS)


Law firms are subject to a greater level of regulation than most businesses. Firms owe legal and regulatory equality and diversity duties to their staff, their suppliers and their clients. These come from the equality legislation but also from the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. This course examines all of the relevant duties and considers the overlaps in the different obligations and influences on a firm’s E&D policy and practice. It gives guidance on how the obligations may be approached by firms to minimise duplication of effort and maximise the benefits of a comprehensive strategy.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course, you will have a greater understanding of:
  • fundamental concepts of “equality” and “diversity”
  • the requirements of the SRA Code of Conduct in relation to Equality and Diversity
  • the broad principles of the Equality Act 2010 relevant to law firms
  • the SRA requirements on law firms for collecting, reporting and publishing diversity data
  • how the equality and diversity Indicative Behaviours of the SRA code of conduct correspond with the Lexcel Practice Management Standard
  • the potential benefits of joining the Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter.

Authored: by Karen Teago

Karen Teago practised employment law in regional commercial firms from 2001 to 2010. Since leaving private practice she has prepared and presented numerous lectures, courses and webinars on a variety of employment law topics. She is a Director of an HR Consultancy in Northamptonshire and was admitted to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2015.

ACPD certificate of completion will be provided by BPP Professional Education Limited upon successful completion of the online course.





CPD Points: 1

CPD Duration (hours): 1

Access: 12 months from purchase date

Price: £35.00 (excludes VAT)