The proportion of solicitors from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds has more than doubled in the last decade, new figures reveal.

Sixteen per cent (19,145) of solicitors are now from BAME backgrounds, according to the Law Society’s latest annual statistics report: 57 per cent of these solicitors are women, in contrast to 48 per cent of white solicitors who are women.

At partner level the proportion of BAME solicitors in 2016 was 22.9 per cent – a slight rise from the 22 per cent in 2015.

Meanwhile the gender diversity gap among partners remains: 40 per cent of male solicitors became partners compared to less than 20 per cent of women.

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