Every two years we have to carry out a diversity survey and then collate and report the results to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Equality and Diversity Survey Results 2019
Close Thornton Solicitors is fully committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination.
We actively promote equality and diversity as part of our policies and procedures and are fully committed to a policy of treating all of our employees, job applicants, clients, potential clients and service providers fairly and equally.
The Practice has recently completed the bi-annual Solicitors Regulation Authority diversity questionnaire, by virtue of which it collects, reports, collates and then publishes its workforce diversity profile as required by its regulator. This exercise assists the Solicitors Regulation Authority and also the Legal Services Board in promoting transparency and diversity within the legal services market.
All employees of the Practice (both full and part time staff) were given a Diversity Questionnaire to complete anonymously. In total 29 Questionnaires were distributed with 18 returned. The results based on the 18 returned questionnaires are summarised below.
Respondents were each asked which type of role they had within the Practice. Responses can be broken down as follows:
3 categorised themselves as being a Solicitor Partner/Member;
5 categorised themselves as being a Solicitor;
1 categorised himself as having an Other Fee Earning Role;
5 categorised themselves as having a Role Directly Supporting a Fee Earner;
2 categorised themselves as having a Managerial Role;
1 categorised himself as having an IT/HR/Other Corporate Services Role;
1 respondent did not answer.
Out of the eight solicitors (Members and Non-Members) and the 1 person having an Other Fee Earning Role, 6 were Male and 3 were Female. It is apparent that the senior roles within the Practice are mainly occupied by male staff.
Out of the 6 respondents who categorised themselves as having a role directly supporting a fee earner and as having an IT/HR/Other Corporate Services role, 5 were female and 1 was male. Support staff roles therefore being predominantly occupied by female members of staff.
Of the 2 staff who have Managerial Roles, 1 was Male and 1 Female.
3 respondents fell within the 25-34 age range; 2 within the 35-44 age range; 9 within the 45-54 age range; 1 fell within the 55-64 age range and 3 respondents were 65+ years of age. None of the respondents fell within the 16-24 age range.
It can be seen based on the responses given that Close Thornton employees staff within a wide age range and does not discriminate based on age having particular regard to the fact that 16% of those who responded to the Questionnaire are aged 65 and above.
Gender Identity/ Disability/ Ethnic Group/ Religion and Sexual Orientation
8 of the responding to the survey were Male and 10 were Female. None of the 18 respondents considered their gender identity to be different from their registered sex at birth.
Nor did any of the respondents report as having a disability according to the definition in the Equality Act 2010 and no-one reported as having a health problem or disability which limits their day to day activities and which has lasted or is expected to last over 12 months.
All 18 respondents were white, with 17 being British and 1 Irish.
5 respondents advised that they do not have a religion or belief/ or are atheist and 10 replied that they are Christians with 3 people preferring not to say what their religion or belief was.
Having regard to the question concerning sexual orientation, 16 respondents instructed that they were heterosexual/straight with 1 respondent preferring not to say and one respondent not answering.
Between the ages of 11 - 16 years old, 4 respondents (all of which are Solicitors within the Practice) mainly attended a UK State run/funded school which was selective on academic, faith or other grounds.
Between that age range 12 respondents mainly attended a non-selective state school. 3 of those being Solicitors; 5 having a role directly supporting a fee earner; 2 having a Managerial Role within the Practice and 1 having an IT/HR/Other Corporate Services role.
1 respondent who has a fee earning role within the Practice reported that they attended an Independent Fee-paying school and 1 respondent attended school outside of the UK.
By the age of 18, 5 respondents advised that they had at least one parent who had a degree level qualification. All 5 of those respondents currently have a Solicitor/Fee Earning Role within the Practice.
5 of those responding advised that by the age of 18 they had parents who had qualifications below degree level. 2 of those 5 being Solicitors within the Practice; 2 having a Role Directly Supporting a Fee Earner and 1 having an IT/HR/Other Corporate Services Role.
4 respondents advised that by the age of 18 they had parents who had no formal qualifications; 1 of whom is a Solicitor within the Practice; 1 falling within the Managerial Category and 1 falling within the IT/HR/ Other Corporate Services role category.
4 respondents did not know what their parents qualifications were, 1 of whom is a Solicitor within the Practice and the remaining 3 having a Role Directly Supporting a Fee Earner.
In response to the question “thinking back to when you were aged 14, which best describes the sort of work the main/highest income earner in your household did in their main job” the responses given were as follows:-
2 respondents selected the Modern Professional Occupations Category which includes teacher/nurse/social worker/police officer and 2 respondents selected the Traditional Professional Occupations Category which includes accountant, solicitor, doctor, engineer.
All 4 of these responses were given by those having a Fee Earning Role within the Practice.
1 respondent who is a Solicitor within the Practice selected the Clerical and Intermediate Occupations (such as secretary, office clerk, PA, nursery nurse) category.
1 respondent who has a Managerial Role within the Practice selected the Senior Manager and Administrator usually responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating work and for finance category.
4 respondents (1 of which is a Solicitor within the Practice and the other 3 having Roles Directly Supporting a Fee Earner) selected the Technical and Craft Occupations (such as mechanic, plumber, electrician, gardener) category.
2 respondents (1 who has a Role Directly Supporting a Fee Earner and the other having the Role of IT/HR/Other Corporate Services) selected the Semi-routine Manual and Service Occupations (such as postal worker, receptionist, sales assistant) category.
1 respondent (being a Solicitor) selected the Routine Manual and Service Occupations (such as HGV driver, cleaner, labourer, waiter) category.
3 respondents, 1 of whom is a Solicitor within the Practice and 1 of whom has a Role Directly Supporting a Fee Earner selected the Other Work Type Category and 1 respondent preferred not to say what occupation their parents had when they were 14 years old.
Caring for Children/Others
5 of the 18 Respondents reported that they are the primary carers for a child under 18, and out of 18 respondents only 1 looked after or cared for someone with long term physical or mental ill health caused by a disability or age.