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Obstacles and barriers to the career development of women solicitors

1 March 2010

The data in this report was provided by experienced and successful women who have been in the legal profession for between 10 and thirty years.

The participants clearly highlighted five key themes that created or represented significant and ongoing barriers to the progress of women within the profession.

Of these identified barriers to career development, three related to the organisation:

  • culture
  • infrastructure, and
  • the measurement criteria employed.

In addition the failure to truly embrace flexible working practices and the perceptions and views of women were also identified obstacles to progress.

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