The Law Commission has published its 2021-22 Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. The strategy outlines initiatives already undertaken and focuses on actions we wish to take in the future to ensure we champion inclusivity and respect .
The Law Commission’s role is to recommend reforms to the law across a broad range of issues. These currently include weddings, surrogacy, and hate crime laws. In making such recommendations, it is vital we understand the issues affecting different communities living in England and Wales.
The Commission has already introduced a diversity scheme as part of the recruitment process for Commissioners, engaged with universities with a higher proportion of students from those communities under-represented in the law, and undertaken initiatives to raise awareness of issues amongst staff.
In the future, the Commission plans to relaunch the Commissioner diversity work shadowing scheme to help find our Commissioners of the future, and expand the scheme to include team lawyer roles.
We will also continue to engage staff by organising internal learning and development events to continue promoting diversity and inclusivity.
Phil Golding, CEO of the Law Commission said:
The Law Commission has a positive story to tell about the work we have done to encourage diversity and inclusion across the organisation and ensure it is factored into our work.
But, there is always more we can do. The Commission is in a position to support those from under-represented communities embark on a career in the law. This leads to more diverse organisations which, in the case of the Law Commission, helps us to ensure our law reform recommendations reflect the differing experiences of communities across England and Wales.