Consideration of the Equality Act in the context of legal practice
Developments in legal practice can sometimes reflect the changing social landscape around us, including demonstrating contemporary issues of equality and diversity. This topical course looks at the requirements of the Equality Act in the context of legal practice; discussing how the profession and regulators are currently striving to meet their obligations, alongside notable ethical challenges.
This course is suitable for those who would like an introductory course in covering the basic terminology and concepts in the Equality Act presented in a contextual manner; as well as those who would like to explore some of the issues raised by recent regulatory developments. Delegates can expect learning through topical examples, and discussions of the link to ethical legal practice.
What we will cover:
Main concepts and terminology within the Equality Act 2010
Regulatory approach to Equality and Diversity including:
• Equality and diversity in the SRA Standards and Regulations – contrasted with prior approaches
• CLC approach to Equality and Diversity
• Diversity in the profession and publishing diversity data
• Recent focus on non-disclosure agreements
• The independence of a lawyer, acting in the best interests of the client, and the link to equality and diversity
Client care issues, including complaint handling, and the association with vulnerable clients
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