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For decades men and women have been graduating from law schools in almost equal numbers and yet this seems to be having little effect on the gender gap in the profession: only 9% of equity partners in the UK are women (20% in the US).
With so many talented female graduates leaving the profession or failing to achieve their potential to fill power positions, law firms and legal departments must ask themselves how they can provide an environment that enables all their lawyers with the best opportunity to advance.
What is more, women lawyers must work with each other – and with the men in their firms – to ensure that they earn their fair share of the credit for work done, and receive the pay rises and promotions they deserve.
Breaking Barriers: Promoting and Retaining Women in the Legal Profession draws on the considerable experience of successful female lawyers and law firm consultants who provide in-depth strategic guidance on the barriers to advancing women in the legal profession and the opportunities and benefits that a genuine culture of equality will have not only for individual lawyers but also for the overall success of the law firms and legal departments they work for.
This report includes expert contributions from: