CILEx is proud to offer a flexible and inclusive route to legal qualification. This makes it particularly suitable for people who want or need to combine studying with earning or other life commitments. At CILEx Regulation, we offer a constructive approach to regulation, supporting individuals and firms as they develop their ambitions and progress their careers.
As a legal regulator, we are required to collect and publish information about our regulated community. Having up-to-date information about the individuals and firms we regulate helps us make regulatory decisions that support your progression and growth.
Why diversity is important
The legal profession needs to be made up of talented individuals who can progress. As your regulator, we must be able to identify barriers to entry and progression and begin to break them down.
For your business
There is increasing evidence of business advantage to having an inclusive approach to workforce recruitment, promotion and retention. Research has found a statistically significant relationship between a more diverse leadership team and better financial performance. Companies in the top quartile of gender diversity were 15 percent more likely to have financial returns that were above their national industry median. Companies in the top quartile of racial/ethnic diversity were 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their national industry median.
Firms that have a good reputation for diversity attract applicants from the broadest talent pool. They are also more likely to attract business from individuals and organisations to whom diversity is important.
For the profession
The legal profession needs to be made up of talented people who reflect the communities they serve. A diversity of opinions within the profession supports a strong, effective legal system within which the needs and views of all members of society are listened to and provided for.
A diverse legal profession with a wide range of providers offers consumers more choice. It may also increase the likelihood of people accessing legal advice by offering a range of providers who genuinely understand them, their circumstances and their background.
Who the data collection applies to
As part of your regulatory obligation, you will need to provide your diversity data. The data collection applies to:
- individuals regulated by us
- authorised firms and their employees
- individuals who work for regulated self-employed individuals
Employees of firms and self-employed
Everyone working in a firm will need to take part in the data collection, including employees who:
- do not have legal qualifications
- work in corporate services support roles
- are on maternity leave or sick leave if they are willing to respond
- are temporary – for example, consultants or other contracted staff
One of the questions asks respondents to confirm their role within the firm. If employees have more than one role, they should indicate which category best reflects their role.
How to provide diversity data
In July, we sent individual emails with a link to the questionnaire. If you can’t find your email, please check your Junk email folder.
If you run an authorised firm or are self-employed, we will contact you in advance to ask for individual email addresses for your employees.
Responding to the diversity questions is easy and takes about five minutes. We encourage you to provide full information, but there is the option of “prefer not to say” if there are any questions you would rather not answer.
How we use the data
We may use the diversity information we collect in the following ways:
- in our regulatory work to help us identify trends and issues
- to monitor the diversity impact of changes we make
- to inform our publications
- to help us meet our public sector equality duty – for example, by monitoring our decision making by protected characteristics
- to inform research by others
- to meet reporting requirements to the Legal Services Board and Ministry of Justice
We anonymise data to ensure that individuals cannot be identified from data we publish or provide to others.