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Equality & Diversity

Bowden Jones Solicitors Diversity Information 2017

Background

As part of our commitment to the promotion of the principles and values of Equality & Diversity, and in line with our regulatory requirements, we have collected diversity data from our staff. The data is used to test the effectiveness of our Equality & Diversity Policies, and to ensure that our firm benefits from as diverse and inclusive workforce as possible.

Data Collection Process

In order to collect this data, we used a questionnaire provided by our regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority which was provided to our staff. Although we encourage all staff to participate, the questionnaire was optional for staff to complete, which means that where some staff chose not to complete them, then we did not include them in our data analysis. Out of our staff 20% chose not to complete questionnaires, so the information in this report cannot be considered to be representative of the overall firm.

There was also an option for each of the questions contained in the questionnaire for staff to select “Prefer not to say” where they felt any given question was intrusive or an invasion of their privacy.

Privacy and Data Protection

While considering the method for publication of our diversity information, we took guidance from the Solicitors Regulation Authority “Publication Framework.” This document makes statements about how any reported data must not breach the Data Protection Act, or invade the privacy of any of the personnel who completed an Equality & Diversity Questionnaire. To this end, where it is believed by us that it would be possible for any one individual to be identified from a particular piece of data or information, we have either;

  • Changed the data set to eliminate the risk of the individual being identified, or
  • In some cases may not publish the data about a given diversity category.
  • In all cases apart from the data regarding roles, we have not broken down the data by role type

Data Categories contained within this report

This report information is based on 16 personnel completing the questionnaire out of 20 personnel. This report contains information about the following;

  1. Types of role within the firm
  2. Age bandings
  3. Gender identification
  4. Disability
  5. Day to day limitations
  6. Ethnicity
  7. School attendance type
  8. Attendance at University
  9. Carer for children status
  10. Carer for others status

Diversity Data

  1. Types of role within the firm

The following graphs show the types of role of personnel in the firm and the function of the role of personnel in the firm.

Graph 1

E and D - Graph 1

  1. Age Bandings

Graph 2

BJ Diversity Report from July 2017 - Graph 2

Graph 2 above shows the percentage of individuals who completed a questionnaire and shared their age groups.

  1. Gender Identification

The following Graph shows the percentages of gender types of those individuals who completed a questionnaire based on their responses.

Graph 3

BJ Diversity Report from July 2017 - Graph 3

  1. Disability

No graph was produced for this category as all respondents identified themselves as not having a disability.

  1. Day to day activities

This category is about whether an individual’s day to day activities are limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months. Again, no graph was produced, as all respondents identified that they did not have a condition which limited their work.

 

  1. Ethnicity

In this category, respondents were asked to identify their ethnic group. The following graph demonstrated that all respondents identified in a single category, “White/British/Scottish/Welsh/Northern Irish” with the only exceptions being personnel who selected “Prefer not to say.

Graph 4

 BJ Diversity Report from July 2017 - Graph 4

 

  1. Socio-economic background – Schools attended

This category is about whether an individual attended a UK state school, a UK independent/fee paying school or attended a school outside the UK between the ages of 11 and 18. The graph below shows the percentages of those individuals that completed a questionnaire and attended a UK state school or a UK independent/fee paying school.

 

Graph 5

 BJ Diversity Report from July 2017 - Graph 5

  1. Socio- economic background – University

This category is about whether an individual who attended University was the first generation of their family to do so or not, and the following Graph shows the percentage of individuals who were, those who were not, those that did not attend University and those who preferred not to say from their responses

 

Graph 6

 BJ Diversity Report from July 2017 - Graph 6

 

  1. Carer status – primary care for children

This category is about whether any individual who completed a questionnaire is a primary carer for one or more children under 18 years of age, and the following graph shows the percentages of those who answered “yes” and those who answered “no”.

 

Graph 7

 BJ Diversity Report from July 2017 - Graph 7

 

  1. Carer status – care of others

This category is about whether any of the individuals who completed the questionnaire have any caring responsibilities for others, and how many hours per week they spend providing care support to those others. The graph below shows the percentages of individuals who completed a questionnaire who have no caring responsibilities and those that do in bands of the hours they spend providing support.

 

Graph 9

 BJ Diversity Report from July 2017 -Graph 9

Annual Review

The diversity data of the firm will be collected biennially, and reviewed by a Partner to ascertain whether the firm is achieving its aspirations to have an inclusive and diverse workforce.

 

Equality & Diversity Policy

We are happy to provide a copy of our Equality & Diversity Policy on request. This can be done by requesting a copy from the Reception areas of any of our offices.