Putting diversity promises into practice: Bates Wells lawyers write for Law Society Gazette

Mindy Jhittay and Claire Whittle, Senior Associates in our Dispute Resolution and P&R teams, have written for the Law Society Gazette on the steps that law firms can take to ensure they put diversity at the heart of their offering.

Writing for the Gazette’s ‘Women in the Law’ column Claire and Mindy argue that, while many law firms understand that diversity ensures they can draw on the widest possible array of talent, much more needs to be done to widen access to careers in the legal sector.

Setting out ways in which firms can address this question, they also explain how joining community outreach schemes can play a key role in connecting lawyers “with projects in a way in which they can use their legal sector experience for the benefit of the wider community, and not just in pursuit of the commercial bottom line”.

Claire and Mindy conclude their piece by stating that “ultimately, there are various pieces to the puzzle of improving diversity in the law and making our profession truly meritocratic. But as lawyers we are trained problem solvers, and we hope that by putting our heads together, we can find the best solution”.

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