Diversity Data 2021

Diversity Data 2021

Joelson participates in the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) annual ‘Diversity in the Legal Profession’ data collection exercise. As part of this we are required to publish a summary of our workforce diversity data. Everyone who works at the firm is invited to complete the data collection exercise and in the most recent survey (June 2021), 87% of those eligible completed it.

Of those who completed the exercise:

  • 9 are partners
  • 15 are solicitors (not partners)
  • 4 are other fee earners
  • 8 are roles directly supporting fee earners
  • 4 are other fee earning roles
  • 4 are managerial roles
  • 1 is IT/ HR/ other corporate services role

This summary covers 7 areas of diversity data, listed below.

Age of respondents

16-24 – (7.3%)
25-34 – (48.8%)
35-44 – (12.2%)
45-54 – (19.5%)
55+ – (9.7%)


48.8% are male
51.2% are female
97.6% identify with the same gender as their sex registered at birth


4.9% of those who responded consider themselves to have a disability according to the definition in the Equality Act 2010.

(The Equality Act 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).


73.2% of respondents are white and British English/Welsh/Northern Irish/Scottish
14.6% are any other white background
4.8% are Asian/Asian British
4.8% are Mixed/Multiple ethnic group
2.4% are Black/Black British – African

Religion or belief

58.5% have no religion or belief
22% are Christian
9.8% are Jewish
9.6% are ‘other’ religions or prefer not to say

Socio-economic background

36.6% attended a fee paying school
36.6% attended a state-run or state-funded school (non selective)
12.2% attended a state-run or state-funded school (selective on faith, academic or other grounds)
9.8% attended a school outside of the UK
2.4% attended an independent / fee-paying school, where they received a bursary covering 90% or more
2.4% don’t know / are unsure

56.1% of respondents’ parents did not attend university by the time they were 18
43.9% of respondents’ parent’s did attend university by the time they were 18

Caring responsibilities

Primary carer for children
26.8% of respondents have primary carer responsibilities for a child under 18

Caring for someone with long term physical or mental ill health caused by disability or age
2.4% of respondents look after someone with long term physical or mental ill health caused by disability or age (not in a paid capacity) (20-49 hours per week)
2.4% prefer not to say

At Joelson, we recognise the importance of helping others and putting something back into the community. We have a history of fundraising for good causes and throughout 2022 Joelson is proud to be supporting The Brain Tumour Charity.

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