Law Society Group 2019 gender pay gap report

The Law Society Group (the Group) today published its gender pay gap report for 2019. The report details the combined results of the Law Society of England and Wales and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which are one legal entity but operate independently.

The 2019 Group median pay gap is 8.3%, which is substantially lower than the current UK median pay gap of 17.3% (Office of National Statistics).* The mean Group pay gap between men and women is 10.6%.

The 2019 Group median bonus gap is 0% – with a mean bonus gap of 12.8%.

A Law Society Group spokesperson said: “We are pleased to report a marked improvement in the gender pay gap from 2018 and the Group will continue to work to reduce this further.

“The main reason for the Group gender pay gap is the continued imbalance of male and female colleagues in executive director roles in the Group.

“Around 60% of the Law Society Group workforce is female including many managers in the upper quartile – yet few women are in senior director roles. This disparity at very senior levels also explains the mean bonus gap of 12.8% between males and females.

“There is still much more to be done. The Law Society and SRA have targeted action plans in place to address this challenge and the Group is committed to being a fully inclusive workplace.”

Notes to editors

*According to the Office of National Statistics, the 2019 UK median pay gap was 17.3%. View the research.

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 2019, bonuses paid in the year up to 5 April 2019 and includes full and part time workers.

In 2019, the SRA ended its performance-based bonus scheme for most roles and instead staff received a one-off flat rate bonus. Law Society staff continued to receive a performance-based bonus. These changes contributed to an improvement in the Group’s bonus gap.

View the full report

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