Diversity Questionnaire 

Valuing and supporting the diversity of people’s backgrounds and lifestyles in the our Firm is important and may improve their engagement and productivity. A diverse firm will be well equipped to access and serve a diverse community. 

Diversity monitoring will help us identify how diverse our Firm really is and help us with our approach to recruitment, promotion and other workplace policies. It will help firms take action to ‘encourage equality of opportunity and respect for diversity’ in compliance with the Firm’s Regulatory Obligations. All firms regulated by the SRA are required to collect, report and publish workforce diversity data about the diversity make-up of their workforce. 

The Benefits of Diversity Monitoring are that 

* it helps us to identify which policies and practices are effective and direct our resources to where they will have most impact; 

* it enables us to identify where barriers exist that prevent the best use of all available talent; 

* it can help to prevent costly discrimination claims by identifying possible problems early; 

* it can help us to win business by evidencing our performance; 

* it helps us to strengthen our reputation. 

Any information provided on this form will be treated as strictly confidential and will be used for statistical purposes only. It will not be seen by anybody directly involved in the selection process. No information will be published or used in any way which allows any individual to be identified. 

Role categories 

The data collected from everyone working at the firm must be broken down by the role categories set out below when reporting the aggregated firm data to the SRA. 

1. Select the category which best describes your role in the firm 

Role category Notes 
Solicitor (sole practitioner, partner, member or director) Members or directors who are not solicitors should be recorded in the ‘Managerial role’ category below. 1 
Solicitor All other practising solicitors including assistant solicitors, associates or consultants. Includes Registered European Lawyers and Registered Foreign Lawyers. 1 
Other fee earning role 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 Includes legal secretaries, administrators, legal assistants, or non fee earning paralegals. 
Managerial role Includes non lawyer managers, directors, or members and others such as practice managers, finance or account managers etc. 1 
IT/ HR/ other corporate services role 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? 

Sole practitioner, partner, member or director of the firm 1 
Associate or Assistant 1 
Other employee or staff member 1 
Prefer not to say 

3. Do you have a share in the ownership of your organisation (eg equity partner, shareholder)? 

Yes 1 
No 2 
Prefer not to say 

4. Do you have responsibility for supervising or managing the work of lawyers or other employees? 

Yes 2 
No 1 
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: 

16 – 24 
25 – 34 
35 – 44 
45 – 54 2 
55 – 64 
65+ 1 
Prefer not to say 

6. What is your gender? 

Female 2 
Male 1 
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? 
No 3 
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? 
Yes, limited a lot 
Yes, limited a little 
No 3 
Prefer not to say 

8. What is your ethnic group? 

Asian / Asian British 
Indian 2 
Any other Asian background 
Black / Black British 
Any other Black background 
Mixed / multiple ethnic groups 
White and Asian 
White and Black African 
White and Black Caribbean 
White and Chinese 
Any other Mixed / multiple ethnic background 
British / English / Welsh / Northern Irish / Scottish 1 
Gypsy or Irish Traveller 
Any other White background 
Other ethnic group 
Any other ethnic group 
Prefer not to say  

9. What is your religion or belief? 

No religion or belief / Atheist 
Christian 1 
Hindu 2 
Any other religion 
Prefer not to say 

10. What is your sexual orientation? 

Gay man 
Gay woman/lesbian 
Heterosexual/straight 3 
Prefer not to say 

Socio-economic background (education) and caring responsibilities 

11. Did you mainly attend a state or fee paying school between the ages 11 – 18? 

UK State School 3 
UK Independent/Fee-paying School 
Attended school outside the UK 
Prefer not to say 

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? 

Yes 2 
Did not attend University 1 
Prefer not to say 

13. Are you a primary carer for a child or children under 18? 

Yes 3 
Prefer not to say 

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) 
No 2 
Yes, 1 – 19 hours a week 1 
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. 

Thank you for taking part in this survey