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Strategic equality: Fixing the ‘male problem’ in law firm partnerships

Why are many law firms still failing to develop gender-balanced partnerships and senior management teams? Manju Manglani reports on the findings of Managing Partner's roundtable

22 January 2015

Why are many law firms still failing to develop gender-balanced partnerships and senior management teams? Manju Manglani reports on the findings of Managing Partner's roundtable

Many law firms have strong pipelines of female talent, to the point that women regularly constitute more than half of their trainees and associates. However, the majority continue to record low gender diversity levels in their partnerships.

At international law firms, women often make up less than 20 per cent of the partners. Women in London, regional and national firms fare somewhat better, at about 25 per cent of the partners on average.1 However, female representation is significantly lower at equity partner level; among the UK's top-25 law firms, women make up between 15 and 17 per cent, fractionally up from the 14 to 15 ...

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