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Law Society Group gender pay gap report

19 February 2018

The Law Society Group (the Group) today published its gender pay gap report. The report details the combined results of the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which are one legal entity but operate independently.

The 2017 Group median pay gap is 5.6%, which is substantially lower that the current UK median pay gap of 18.4% (Office of National Statistics). The mean pay gap between males and females is 11.1%.

A Law Society Group spokesperson said: “The main reason for the Group gender pay gap is the imbalance of male and female colleagues in the most senior executive roles in the Group.

“Around 60% of the Law Society Group workforce is female and they are represented at all levels, including many middle managers in the upper quartile. Yet fewer women are in senior executive roles. This disparity at very senior levels also explains the median bonus gap of 16.4% between males and females.

“The Law Society and SRA have targeted action plans at an organisational level to address this challenge and the Group is committed to reducing the gender pay gap.”

Notes to editors

Within the Law Society Group there are two organisations which are one legal entity but operate independently: the Law Society of England and Wales, the professional body for solicitors, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the regulator of solicitors and law firms in England and Wales.

The Law Society Group report is based on hourly rates of pay during the monthly pay period ending on 25 April 2017, bonuses paid in the year up to 5 April 2017 and includes full and part time workers.

View the full report

Press office contact: Harriet Beaumont | harriet.beaumont@lawsociety.org.uk | 020 7320 5830