Moving the needle on gender equality

Moving the needle on gender equality

What more can your firm do to drive gender equality? Following International Women’s Day, the call to action for accelerating gender equality is a powerful one: law firms that can drive meaningful change are more successful and higher performing. In this article we set out five things your firm can do to create an equal and inclusive organisation.

 Research from The Law Society shows that since 1990, whilst women represent 60% of new entrants to the solicitors’ profession, and as of 2017 make up the majority of practising solicitors, only 28% of partners in private practice are women. The gender pay gap in law firms is more pronounced than the national average of 9.6%, with research from The Times in 2019 indicating that women working in the ten largest legal firms, which combined made about £14bn revenue in 2018, are being paid on average 43% less than their male colleagues. So, here are some actions your firm can take to tackle this.

 Address the gender pay gap

The Equality Act 2010 requires firms to pay the same for the same role, however women may still be disadvantaged when it comes to bonuses and performance related pay.  Be transparent in your organisation in terms of employee pay, and don&r

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