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Women in Leadership in Law report: The need for gender equality in the legal profession

8 March 2019

Women have made up over half of practising solicitors since 2018, but the profession continues to be led predominantly by men.

Around the globe, the senior levels of law firms do not truly reflect the reality of a profession with a significant female majority at the point of entry.

The Women in Leadership in Law project aims to provide a solid foundation of qualitative evidence about the position of women in law, raise awareness of the challenges we face in tackling inequality and promoting creative solutions, empower women to become changemakers and leaders in their organisation, and to channel the support of male champions for change.

To better understand the key issues that affect women working in law, we conducted a survey that ran from November 2017 to January 2018 and captured 7,781 responses from men and women.

Using these key findings, we hosted or supported 225 roundtable discussions domestically, and in 13 jurisdictions, with women from across the legal profession.

Roundtable participants were asked to focus on the key perceived issues that were identified in the survey - unconscious bias, the gender pay gap and flexible working - along with examples of best practice which can help to overcome the barriers to women's progression.

This report includes the top findings of the women's roundtables and includes extracts from the comprehensive international literature review of the research we commissioned.


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