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Diversity and inclusion initiatives should lie at the cultural heart of a legal practice, with an eye on benefiting clients and communities, rather than a tick-box exercise.

A diverse and inclusive law firm should radiate diversity of thought, allowing the sector to connect with clients and local communities at a deeper, relevant level. A true commitment to building a diverse and vibrant workplace requires a different approach to recruitment, and understanding employees – a culture of listening, awareness and change that runs through the very fabric of the business.

In Wales, the challenges to diversity and inclusion initiatives may differ between location, size of firm and type of practice, which is why Business Wales offers a range of support for Welsh law firms.

Case studies

In the video below, Business Wales invited Dr Nerys Llewellyn Jones, Agri Advisor LLP, Jenine Abdo, Huttons & Cardiff & District Law Society President (2022/2023 and Emily Littlehales, Celtic Law, to share their honest views on the challenges facing urban and rural law firms, the initiatives and support they’ve taken to become more diverse and inclusive, and the benefits of being more reflective of the communities they serve.

Building a resilient legal sector for Wales

Business Wales is committed to supporting the growth and resilience of the legal sector in Wales and to help small to medium sized law firms achieve their ambitions, with confidence.

To thrive, legal practices and leaders need to overcome common challenges around increased competition, succession planning, recruitment and retention, leadership, diversity and inclusion, technology, business operations and marketing.

See how Business Wales can help your practice

Business Wales can help your legal practice by advising on:

  • Technology and process change
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Managing the environmental and social impact of your business
  • Exporting legal services internationally
  • Expanding into new markets
  • Workplace culture
  • Education and training
  • Succession planning
  • Leadership and management
  • Marketing

Contact one of the Business Relationship Managers today to see how Business Wales can help your law firm grow and build an aspirational place to work. Speak to an advisor today.

To view more inspiring case studies, click here.

Emma Waddingham

Emma Waddingham

Editor, Legal News

Emma Waddingham is the Editor & Founder of Legal News. She is a seasoned legal editor and journalist and experienced marketing & events consultant, working almost exclusively with the UK legal sector.