50% of Canadian general counsel look to diversity in choosing law firms

An Association of Corporate Counsel online Quick Poll suggests that just over half of Canadian general counsel consider a law firm’s policy on diversity when they are retaining outside lawyers.

Asked how important a firm’s diversity policy is to their decision-making process, 16.53% of  those who voted said: “Extremely important, we have a diversity policy and try to steer work to law firms that have one as well;” 18.75% said: “Very important, we actively promote diversity and look for law firms that do as well;” and 15.63% said: “Important, diversity is a factor in our decision-making process.” Just under half, 49.09%, said they do not consider diversity in the decision making process.

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