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Astle Paterson’s Equality & Diversity Data

As a law firm, Astle Paterson collate, report and publish workforce diversity data about the diversity make-up of our workforce.

In turn, the Solicitors Regulation Authority uses the information to view the diversity make-up across the whole legal services sector.

Astle Paterson will use the information below to continue in its efforts to promote diversity and makes the information available to the public so that our clients and potential clients can use it in making their choice of law firm.

In collecting the data, Astle Paterson gave everyone working at the firm an opportunity to classify themselves against a range of diversity characteristics.

Everyone working at the firm was asked to complete the questionnaire – including owners of the firm and all other qualified and non qualified staff (however, they were not compelled to complete the questionnaire or provide their diversity data) – in the event, 16 people working at the firm completed the questionnaire.

The results of the data collection are set out below.

Astle Paterson Diversity Data Collection 2013

Fee Earner

Support Staff

Role in the firm

 

 

Sole practitioner, partner, member or director of the firm

5

0

Associate or Assistant

1

0

Other employee or staff member

4

6

Prefer not to say

0

0

Those with a share in the ownership of the organisation

 

3

0

(eg equity partner, shareholder)

 

 

Those with responsibility for supervising or managing the

 

6

0

work of lawyers or other employees

 

 

Current age in years

 

 

16 – 24

0

0

25 – 34

2

1

35 – 44

3

0

45 – 54

0

3

55 – 64

3

2

65+

2

0

Prefer not to say

0

0

Gender

 

 

Female

6

6

Male

3

0

Prefer not to say

1

0

Those who are disabled according to the definition in the Equality Act

 

 

Yes

0

0

No

10

6

Prefer not to say

0

0

Those whose 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

 

 

Yes, limited a lot

0

0

Yes, limited a little

0

0

No

10

6

Prefer not to say

0

0

 

Ethnic group
White : British / English / Welsh / Northern Irish / Scottish

10

6

Those who mainly attended a state or fee paying school between the ages 11–18

 

 

UK State School

8

6

UK Independent/Fee-paying School

2

0

Attended school outside the UK

0

0

Prefer not to say

0

0

Those who went to University (to study a BA, BSc, LL.B., course or higher)

 

 

and were part of the first generation of their family to do so

 

 

Yes

5

1

No

2

 0 

Did not attend University

3

3

Prefer not to say

0

2

Those who are the primary carer for a child or children under 18

 

 

Yes

3

0

No

7

6

Prefer not to say

0

0

Those who look after, or give any help or support to family members,

 

 

friends, neighbours or others because of either long-term physical

 

 

or mental ill-health / disability and/or problems related to old age

 

 

No

7

2

Yes, 1 – 19 hours a week

3

4

Yes, 20 – 49 hours a week

0

0

Yes, 50 or more hours a week

0

0

Prefer not to say

0

0

 

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