The Law Society of Scotland has been awarded an Investors in Diversity accreditation, highlighting its track record of workplace best practice for the Scottish legal profession.
The National Center for Diversity granted certification following an extensive year-long process, which included an assessment of the Law Society’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion ( EDI).
The evaluation included an audit of the Law Society’s people-centred policies, surveys of colleagues and focus group sessions. The results highlighted the commitment to EDI and a user-friendly work environment from senior management, including the board of directors.
Staff reported a general culture that adapts to personal circumstances – with flexible and hybrid working arrangements valued, as well as small adjustments such as no meetings during the lunch period.
Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland, Diane McGiffen, said: “This accreditation shows our commitment to our staff and our desire to play a leading role in equality and diversity for the Scottish legal profession.
“The Law Society sincerely believes in the standards that underpin this award of fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion and engagement. These are values that benefit employers as much as the people who work for us and society in general.
“Our leadership team identified Investors in Diversity as a goal last year, long before I joined the Company in early 2022. It was a long and comprehensive process that confirmed the strength of our culture, our workplace policies and practices.
“We’ve opened up to this external review because we want to know if what we’re doing is working and how we can improve. There is still a long way to go, but we have made a clear commitment and, as the accreditation shows, a good start.