All solicitors practices are required to carry out a diversity survey of their staff and publish the results.

1. Select the category which best describes your role in the firm
Role category Notes
Solicitor (sole practitioner, partner, member or director) - 4 Members or directors who are not solicitors should be recorded in the 'Managerial role' category below.
Solicitor - 7 All other practising solicitors including assistant solicitors, associates or consultants. Includes Registered European Lawyers and Registered Foreign Lawyers.
Other fee earning role - 1 Includes fee earners such as trainee solicitors, legal executives (who are not chartered or a fellow) and paralegals ie those who are not 'authorised persons'.
Role directly supporting a fee earner - 19 Includes legal secretaries, administrators, legal assistants, or non fee earning paralegals.
Managerial role - 1 Includes non lawyer managers, directors, or members and others such as practice managers, finance or account managers etc.
IT/ HR/ other corporate services role - 1 Not an authorised person and not individuals in a managerial role - includes finance or accountancy roles.
Barrister Individuals authorised by the Bar Standards Board.
Chartered Legal Executive (Fellow of CILEX) Individuals authorised by ILEX Professional Standards.
Licensed Conveyancer Individuals authorised by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.
Patent or Trade Mark Attorney Individuals authorised by the Intellectual Property Regulation Board.
Costs Lawyer Individuals authorised by the Costs Lawyer Standards Board.
Notary Individuals authorised by the Master of the Faculties.
Prefer not to say  

Ownership and supervisory responsibilities in the firm

2. How would you describe your role in the firm?
Role category Number
Sole practitioner, partner, member or director of the firm 5
Associate or Assistant 9
Other employee or staff member 19
Prefer not to say  
3. Do you have a share in the ownership of your organisation (e.g. equity partner, shareholder)?
Share Number
Yes 2
No 31
Prefer not to say  
4. Do you have responsibility for supervising or managing the work of lawyers or other employees?
Responsibility Number
Yes 11
No 22
Prefer not to say  

Diversity questions (protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2012)

5. From the list of age bands below, please indicate the category that includes your current age in years:
Age Band Number
16 - 24  
25 - 34 9
35 - 44 8
45 - 54 9
55 - 64 7
Prefer not to say  
6. What is your gender?
Gender Number
Female 28
Male 5
Prefer not to say  
7. The Equality Act 2010 generally defines a disabled person as someone who has a mental or physical impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

(a) Do you consider yourself to have a disability according to the definition in the Equality Act?
Disability Number
No 33
Prefer not to say  

Please note: If an individual has a condition which fits the Equality Act definition, they should tick 'Yes' to this question even if they do not feel in any way limited by that condition.

(b) Are your day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?
Activities limited Number
Yes, limited a lot  
Yes, limited a little  
No 33
Prefer not to say  
8. What is your ethnic group?

Asian / Asian British
Ethnic Group Number
Indian 4
Pakistani 1
Any other Asian background  
Black / Black British
Ethnic Group Number
African 1
Any other Black background  
Mixed / multiple ethnic groups
Ethnic Group Number
White and Asian  
White and Black African  
White and Black Caribbean  
White and Chinese  
Any other Mixed / multiple ethnic background  
Ethnic Group Number
British / English / Welsh / Northern Irish / Scottish 23
Gypsy or Irish Traveller  
Any other White background 2
Other ethnic group
Ethnic Group Number
Any other ethnic group 2
Prefer not to say  
9. What is your religion or belief?
Religion or Belief Number
No religion or belief / Atheist 8
Christian 15
Hindu 2
Muslim 2
Sikh 3
Any other religion 1
Prefer not to say 2
9. What is your sexual orientation?
Sexual Orientation Number
Gay man  
Gay woman/lesbian  
Heterosexual/straight 31
Prefer not to say 2

Socio-economic background (education) and caring responsibilities

11. Did you mainly attend a state or fee paying school between the ages 11 – 18?
School Number
UK State School 29
UK Independent/Fee-paying School 2
Attended school outside the UK 1
Prefer not to say 1

If you changed your type of school during your education, or were educated partly in the UK and partly outside, please select the category that applies to your main place of education in the last two years of your education.

12. If you went to University (to study a BA, BSc course or higher), were you part of the first generation of your family to do so?
University Number
Yes 9
No 8
Did not attend University 11
Prefer not to say 5
13. Are you a primary carer for a child or children under 18?
Carer Number
Yes 12
No 19
Prefer not to say 2
14. Do you look after, or give any help or support to family members, friends, neighbours or others because of either:
• Long-term physical or mental ill-health / disability
• Problems related to old age?
(Do not count anything you do as part of your paid employment)
Help or Support Number
No 27
Yes, 1 - 19 hours a week 4
Yes, 20 - 49 hours a week  
Yes, 50 or more hours a week  
Prefer not to say  

If you look after more than one person, please total the hours spent caring for both or all individuals and select the correct category for the total number of hours.