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Businesses where staff think and act the same never thrive

Diverse workforces cultivate success – that’s the business case for equality. And it’s ethical, writes Laura Clenshaw

8 December 2015

In 2016 Solicitors Journal will mark its 160th birthday. The magazine has taken pride in informing its loyal readership of the latest case law, legal business, and government affairs over the past 16 decades. Yet sadly, it is only in the past decade or so that the press and society as a whole has paid real attention to the difficulties professional women face in the business world. 

While chairing ARK Group’s Women in Legal event last week, it quickly became apparent why female professionals were so keen to come together and discuss an issue not consigned to the past: they are looking for a solution. 

Research indicates that the gender pay gap for the legal sector won’t close until 2021. A knock-on effect of the gap as seen across various industries is that every year, from 9 November until 1 January, women effectively work for free. That equates to one hour and 40 minutes per day of free labour. For women working across management professions, the ...

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