It is positive to see that law firms are including diversity in their firmwide strategy.
In order to drive change within the sector, a collective effort of all members within the legal sphere is needed to improve diversity and social mobility. It is encouraging to witness the drive for change filter from senior management into the body of law firms, leading the profession into opening up opportunities for all.
Our recent social mobility report entitled, 'Opening up or shutting out?' examines this key issue in the legal sector, in more depth.
UK managing partner Ray Berg presented the firm’s 2020 strategy to the board at the end of February, highlighting three main areas of focus. The areas include working on the firm’s sector approach, which comprises practices such as digital business, financial services and real estate, in addition to improving client relationships. The firm also wants to focus on diversity and wellbeing within the firm. To this end, Osborne Clarke has appointed Su Akgun as its first diversity and wellbeing manager, who joined from AXA Wealth earlier this year. She will focus on five main points of diversity, including family balance, female retention and social mobility, with Berg recognising that “there is a war for talent and we need to be seen as supporting initiatives that promote diversity”.