Internationally, it's long been known that black students are less likely than their white counterparts to apply to work for commercial law firms. It's also known that women lawyers are far less likely to become partners at law firms than men.
But are these two problems inevitable, or can positive actions taken by law firm rectify them? Today, we're speaking to Lorna Gavin, whose job it is to tackle diversity challenges head on.
You might have heard of AIJA - otherwise known as the International Association of Young Lawyers. But what does AIJA actually do, and why is it a good idea for lawyers - and law firms - to get involved? AIJA Executive Director, Christoph Raudonat, tells us a little more about the organisation.
Where English law firms lead, law firms in other countries tend to follow. To discuss some radical changes taking place in the English legal market is David McIntosh, chairman of the City of London Law Society.
In England, if you're an ethnic minority lawyer, you're less likely to work for a prestigious law firm than if you are white. If you're a woman lawyer, you're less likely than your male peers to be made a partner at a firm, and are more likely to leave the legal profession entirely.
Dr. Lisa Webley, one of the authors of a 2010 report which lifts the lid on the complex and difficult issue of diversity in the legal profession, and what steps the legal profession can take to address them.