Only 34 out of the top 100 law firms replied to a November 2005 letter from Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) minister Bridget Prentice about publishing their diversity data, it has emerged.

Of those, 32 had already published the data. Ms Prentice, who also wrote to the top 30 chambers, said: ?I had hoped for a better response rate, but it has not stopped us writing to a further 100 firms asking them to publish their diversity data and equality and diversity policies by 4 August. It is crucial that the profession is transparent about its policies on recruitment, retention and promotion.? The responses were revealed as the DCA published a leaflet on the training required for different legal careers.

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