Investigating the link between diversity and innovation

RSG Consulting is currently investigating the relationship between diversity and innovation through the lens of successful decision-making in in-house legal teams.

Over the past ten years, diversity and inclusion (D&I) has moved up the agenda across the legal sector.  Though strides have been made with respect to D&I, many note the rate of progress is slowing. So what’s next for diversity and inclusion?

We see that clients have played an important role in driving the diversity agenda forward within the legal sector. An important part of the business case for diversity in law firms is to field teams who reflect the apparently more diverse workforce of in-house legal teams. However, there has never been a systematic survey of the diversity of in-house teams themselves.

Better knowledge about the composition of these teams will help us build a better business case for diversity across the legal profession. It will provide an opportunity for clients and their advisers to talk about diversity more collaboratively. This may include discussion on the shared barriers to progress, but also how to jointly facilitate more rapid and substantive change.

Our diversity champions and research committee are:

•       Donny Ching, Shell

•       Dan Fitz, BT

•       Rosemary Martin, Vodafone

•       Chris Vaughan, Whitbread

This study has emerged from the work RSG Consulting does on the FT Innovative Lawyers programme. We are seeking to explore some of our anecdotal observations from our research on the relationship between diversity and innovation and gather hard data on client-side diversity.

If you have a few moments, we would welcome your input into the study through completion of the survey here.

If you are interested in participating further, please contact Lucy Pearson at


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