The SRA has appointed a research team to help it better understand why there is an overrepresentation of those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in reports made to it and subsequently its enforcement proceedings.
Experts from a consortium from the universities of York, Cardiff and Lancaster, have come together to carry out the study.
This pattern is not unique to legal services and can be seen across most professional services industries. This study will attempt to understand what factors contribute toward this over-representation.
The researchers will also review the regulator’s decision-making at the assessment stage, to understand why a greater proportion of cases involving Black, Asian and minority solicitors are taken forward for investigation.