With the firm’s recent award for diversity and inclusion, I believe I read the report in The Law Society Gazette recently about a leading GC’s support for quotas to increase diversity within the legal profession with more interest than I may usually have.
General Counsel Rosemary Martin is said to have encouraged the introduction of quotas to “force” positive change. I cannot agree with this – Giles Wilson Solicitors has never “forced” diversity. It has instead happened naturally, by Giles Wilson’s open approach to recruitment and positive encouragement of internal growth and individual development.
Further, I really cannot see merit in “compulsory diversity” – it just simply isn’t natural. I am no sociologist, but would at least hope to believe there are more reasons than discrimination for any lack of diversity within the profession (perhaps being a little old fashioned, I am still under the impression, for example, that many women will choose family over furthering a career).
I would have to agree with Dame Janet Gaymer, who pointed out that the important thing is ensuring the right person is hired for the job – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, etc. I believe that is what Giles Wilson Solicitors has managed to achieve – on the face of it, no, we are not particularly “diverse” in perhaps the sense that most of us today think of, but I do believe that the policy of choosing staff on the basis that they are suited to the job and providing the opportunity for individuals to develop on merit is more encouraging of diversity and inclusion than forcing numbers of particular “groups” of society.