- The Law Society has launched its Cultural Diversity Guidance.
- The Guidance is focused on creating an environment where every person, regardless of background, has opportunity to reach their professional potential.
- A diverse and inclusive culture improves the performance of your legal practice.
While cultural diversity has been the subject of discussion over the years, there is still more work to be done to promote culturally diverse participation in the legal workplace.
According to the most recent Law Society data, the number of practising NSW solicitors who were born overseas has increased from 22.5% in 2001 to 28% in 2020. This is lower than the general NSW population with the 2016 Australian census showing that 35% of all people living in NSW were born overseas.
As a response to ensure cultural diversity in the legal workplace, in 2017 the Law Society published Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession: The Business Case. It explained that having a diverse and inclusive workplace makes good business sense in terms of attracting the highest calibre candidates and improving the overall performance of an organisation.