Date:19 May 2021
One of the key responsibilities for any employer is to create and maintain an inclusive workplace culture where all individuals feel respected, safe, and supported. Two standalone yet inter-related areas of focus to have come to the fore over recent years in the legal profession relate to the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and the safeguarding and promotion of good mental health and wellbeing in law firms.
For this second webinar in our mini-series on ethics, compliance and culture, we have brought together an expert panel to discuss the legislative and regulatory obligations relating to EDI, health and wellbeing, their implications for practice, and practical insights which firms may wish to consider when seeking to promote and embed a good workplace culture.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) sets out key obligations in its Standards and Regulations, in respect of encouraging EDI and prohibiting discriminatory behaviour in the workplace. We will discuss these in detail, along with steps which firms might want to take in developing and implementing informed EDI initiatives. A safe and supportive work environment also relies on those at the higher echelons of a firm’s practice to create and promote a healthy work culture. To this end, we will discuss the regulatory risks associated with poor health and wellbeing in the workplace, and how firms can mitigate these risks.
The panel of experts will be chaired by Lucinda Soon, Regulatory Professional Support Lawyer at Kingsley Napley.
Speakers will include:
- Elizabeth Rimmer, Chief Executive Officer of LawCare, the charity which supports and promotes good mental health and wellbeing in the UK legal community;
- Sara Carnegie, Director of Legal Projects at the International Bar Association (IBA), who oversees the Legal Policy and Research team and Bar Project work;
- Jessica Clay, Senior Associate at Kingsley Napley and a former Principal Lawyer at the SRA.
The event is free to attend. Please make sure to register by clicking here.
This webinar forms part of a series that Kingsley Napley will be running through 2021, covering a range of some of the most important regulatory issues and/or developments facing the legal professions in 2021.
We are delighted that a number of thought leaders in the sector will be joining us during the series to share their insights. If you would like to be kept informed in relation to these events please click here.