Diversity is arguably the most contentious issue currently facing firms, as protective rules on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and social backgrounds mount.

New age discrimination laws came into effect on 1 October, while last Monday (4 December) Legal Services Minister Bridget Prentice MP called on firms to lead the drive for diversity in the legal profession after finding that barriers remain, including inadequate information about how to pursue a career in the law.

The Lawyer’s Diversity Special Report examines this crucial issue, arguing that, rather than costing firms time and money, working towards a discrimination-free workplace is in fact good for the bottom line.

It examines how stereotypes should be shed in order to better service clients and warns of the risks of forum shopping in discrimination claims against multijurisdictional companies.