Diverse Law LIVE

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In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to review your Diversity & Inclusion strategy, improve your operations, strive for equality, and strengthen your business for the future.

Diversity in the workplace is essential for increasing productivity and innovation, which in turn contributes to better business performance and growth.

  • Join in the discussion with those leading the industry on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in the legal industry

  • Gain inspiration from others’ activities in the diversity sphere

  • Define and shape your own D&I strategy to benefit your business’ productivity long-term

  • Enable your company to stand out as a company really worth being a part of!

  • Discover key strategies to integrate high values into the fabric of business life.

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Our speakers

Diverse Law LIVE featured a valuable mix of presentations and panel discussions on the latest D&I issues, delivered by some of the legal profession’s most prominent thinkers on Diversity, Equality & Inclusion:

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Jay Connolly

Global Chief Talent Officer, Dentons


Amandeep Khasriya

Senior Associate, Moore Barlow, & Founder, Women Back to Law


Kate Fergusson

Head of Responsible Business, Pinsent Masons LLP


Emma Waddingham

Editor, Legal News

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Trevor Sterling

Partner, Moore Barlow


Caroline Jepson

Vice President, CILEx

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Daniel Holt

Founding Chair, Association of Disabled Lawyers

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Owen Hussey

Co-Founder, Queer Lawyers of Tomorrow


Ranjit Sond

President, Society of Asian Lawyers

Missed the event? Access the sessions On Demand.

Discover practical strategies and case studies to increase diversity and inclusion in the workforce

As the UK’s demographics continue to shift, so does your client base, so diversity is vital for law firms looking to meet clients’ needs and recruit the best talent.

The sector’s diversity profile is changing, although much more needs to be done to ensure that diverse talent is appropriately represented at partner level. Women account for nearly half of all solicitors, but they represent less than one third of partners. 12% are from a BAME background but make up just 6 percent of partners, according to Law Society figures.

As well as meeting your legal and regulatory equality duties, diversity and inclusion is important for many other reasons. From increasing your pool of potential candidates and increasing staff retention, to benefiting from the different perspectives and approaches that a diverse workforce brings, diversity and inclusion has a significant impact on business success, financial performance, innovation and client satisfaction.

In addition, corporate clients are increasingly focused on ensuring that their panel law firms align with their values and commitment to equality and diversity. Many are asking firms to submit details of their workforce diversity statistics, and even of your diversity initiatives in some cases.

To really make a positive change in the legal sector, every law firm – large and small – will need to review and respond to the challenges and opportunities. It is crucial that firms’ progress in this area does not stop at simply changing policies and procedures; culture change and the commitment to diversity and inclusion must be championed from the top down in order to be embedded in the organisation.

Improving diversity is essential for increasing productivity and innovation, which in turn contributes to better business performance and growth.

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5 reasons to attend:

  1. Hear case studies from companies leading the way in D&I

  2. Free of charge for all

  3. No travel necessary – join from your home office!

  4. Opportunity to learn, plan and share best practice

  5. Access the content on-demand and watch in your own time

Diverse Law LIVE  |  Main Agenda

Tuesday 28th July 2020

12:00 BST   Interview with Global Chief Talent Officer at Dentons, Jay Connolly

Join us as we talk to Jay Connolly about:

  • Dentons’ D&I approach and current focuses
  • How Dentons works to embed an inclusive culture across a wide variety of countries that have different laws and attitudes towards D&I
  • Why internal experiences are so important in making positive changes
  • How some of the steps Dentons has taken could be adapted and implemented by smaller firms
  • Ways in which the sector can ensure D&I is kept high on the agenda in the post-pandemic landscape

Jay Connolly, Global Chief Talent Officer, Dentons

13:00 BST    How can gender diversity be improved in the legal sector?

Amandeep Khasriya will draw upon her experience as a Senior Associate at Moore Barlow, founder of Women Back to Law, and member of the Law Society Women Lawyers Division to discuss the gender diversity challenges that still exist across the sector, and the steps that can be taken to create an inclusive culture where women can progress to leadership roles. Amandeep will talk about:
  • Gender diversity challenges across the sector and the current situation
  • How can we improve these figures and where can we look for inspiration on solutions?
  • The positive steps Moore Barlow is making towards gender balance in recruitment, retention and progression
  • Why there was a need for ‘Women Back to Law’ and how this community is helping more women to return to the profession following a career break or parental leave
  • How the Law Society can support you to address gender diversity in your organisation

Amandeep Khasriya, Senior Associate, Moore Barlow; Founder of Women Back to Law and Member of the Law Society Women Lawyers Division Committee

14:00 BST   Pinsent Masons and the journey towards LGBT+ inclusion in the Workplace

Pinsent Masons LLP was the first law firm to be placed on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index in 2008 and in 2019 it was named Stonewall’s Employer of the Year.  Kate Fergusson, Head of Responsible Business has been a key part of the organisation’s inclusion journey throughout this time. Kate will talk about this journey and share some top tips and insights, including:

  • The strategy and approach that resulted in being ranked number one by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall
  • How to maximise the potential and effectiveness of your employee network group
  • The importance of engaging senior leaders and stakeholders as LGBT+ champions, sponsors and allies
  • Maintaining the momentum and ensuring inclusion is embedded into your culture

Kate Fergusson, Head of Responsible Business, Pinsent Masons LLP

15:00 BST   Race Equality in the Legal Profession

  • How BLM has progressed conversations on racial equality within the sector
  • Are there still barriers to BAME lawyers progressing to partner level/QC, and what can we do about this?
  • How can the profession work towards having more visible BAME role models at senior level, in order for the next generation to be able to aspire to and for a career in law to appeal to a diverse range of talent?
  • How the work of the Society of Asian Lawyers has had an impact through campaigns and mentoring initiatives

Ranjit Sond, President, Society of Asian Lawyers

16:00 BST   Panel Discussion: Active Steps to Create an Inclusive Culture

  • Progress made so far and insights from companies championing inclusivity
  • How to ensure this topic is kept high on the agenda in the post-pandemic world
  • Are there tangible barriers to entry and progression for underrepresented groups within the sector, or is this slowly shifting?
  • How can we encourage greater inclusion and support for diverse talent?

Trevor SterlingPartner, Moore Barlow

Caroline JepsonVice President, CILEx

Emma WaddinghamEditor, Legal News

Owen Hussey, Co-Founder, Queer Lawyers of Tomorrow

Daniel Holt, Founding Chair, Association of Disabled Lawyers

What you will learn

At Diverse Law LIVE, discover how to:

  • Enhance business resilience and performance with increased diversity

  • Attract and retain a higher percentage of diverse talent

  • Build an outreach program to encourage young people into the sector

  • Address unconscious bias in the hiring process

  • Increase diversity and inclusion in practice within every element of the employee lifecycle

  • Improve your benefits and policies to make them truly inclusive

  • Instill a mentoring culture within your company

Who should attend?

  • CxOs, Directors and Department Heads looking to encourage greater diversity and representation in their workplace

  • Progressive employees looking to align their own organisation with more inclusive values

  • D&I and Human Resources staff looking to grow a dynamic and energised workforce team, where employees can be truly proud of the place where they work

  • Champions of change who are keen to learn from prominent legal sector professionals on the frontline of change

  • All who want to help the industry evolve to include a wider, more inclusive workforce

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Our attendees

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