A global study of law firms identified cultural attitudes about women’s role at home as a key barrier to women’s advancement in firm leadership.

Another barrier was bias – if largely unconscious bias.

The study was conducted earlier this year by the Thomson Reuters Institute and Acritas as part of the Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law initiative.

It looked at 45 specific measures aimed at increasing gender diversity at senior levels of 84 law firms. 

Women currently account for just 24 per cent of equity partners, yet they make up more than half (56 per cent) of junior associates according to the study – with firms in Europe having the widest gap. 

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