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Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Firms are invited to pledge their names to the Law Society Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Charter and also avail of useful diversity and inclusion resources.

Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the Law Society

The Law Society of Ireland recognises and values difference in those we represent, educate, and employ. We understand that we are expected to reflect the communities in which we work. We are committed to promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion for the benefit of all solicitors, trainees, staff, clients and members of the public. 

Gender equality, diversity and inclusion impacts everything that we do and all our policies, services and processes. We support our members to do the same in their own firms and organisations. In doing so, we strive to create a culture of inclusion, mutual respect and equal opportunities. The Law Society’s policies on gender equality, diversity and inclusion are compliant with the law in Ireland. For further information, read the Law Society's Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

Invitation to firms

Solicitors increasingly appreciate the importance of integrating gender equality, diversity and inclusion principles into their workplaces for the benefit of their firms, organisations, clients, staff and themselves.

The Law Society of Ireland is inviting solicitor firms to pledge their names to the Law Society Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Charter:

You can also contact us at GEDICharter@lawsociety.ie

What you commit to

The signatories to this Charter will treat all individuals and groups of individuals fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, in areas of gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, race, class, disability or membership of the Traveller Community. As such, signatories will:

  • Recognise the individual needs of those they employ and support them to develop to their full potential.
  • Ensure equal access to opportunities for those they employ.
  • Ensure their policies, procedures and processes promote gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Carry out their work without bias, in a respectful and non-discriminatory manner.
  • Build awareness and understanding of the benefits of promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Assign responsibility for meeting the Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Charter commitments to a named senior partner or member of staff. Signatories are encouraged to publish details of the senior leader who is accountable for the Charter commitments on your website or intranet.

Sign the Charter

If you would like to commit your firm or organisation to the Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Charter:

You can also contact us at GEDICharter@lawsociety.ie

By signing the Charter, you are publicly committing your firm to taking the necessary steps to promote gender equality, diversity and inclusion in your workplace and in the solicitors’ profession. As a signatory of the Charter, we encourage you to promote your commitment to these principles on your website and during procurement processes by linking to this page.

Equality Benefits Tool

An Equality Benefits Tool, developed by the Irish Human Rights Equality Commission, is a PDF document containing useful templates and other supporting information designed to help organisations embed equality principles in their day-to-day services. Focusing on equality provides numerous benefits for clients, for organisations and for staff. 

Please note that:

  • the information provided may not reflect current law. This tool should be used as a guide only.
  • links to other websites do not constitute an endorsement of that website by the Law Society of Ireland and the Society is not responsible for the contents of any websites referred to from this website.

Articles on diversity and inclusion 

The Law Society Gazette regularly publishes articles relating to gender equality, diversity and inclusion. The magazine and Gazette.ie website also profile relevant personal stories from members of the profession, including:

If you have a story for the Gazette, contact gazette@lawsociety.ie.

Sign up for GEDI Charter