Women in Law Research Report

In recent years, addressing the lack of women in City law firms in senior positions has become a strategic priority for many employers. Despite the success in attracting men and women in equal numbers at trainee level and investment in supporting these women in their career, the most recent Gender Law Survey from Chambers in 2014 found that fewer than one in five partners at Magic Circle or US firms are female.

Women in Law- Research by the Executive Coaching Consultancy

Other London firms do slightly better but women are still under-represented in terms of progression with just a quarter making it to partner. While there can be no doubting the continuing efforts firms are making to achieve greater gender diversity, it is clear that the path to progression for women is still not as effective as it needs to be. It is also apparent that so far, no one has a clear answer to the critical question: just why is it that young women turn away from senior careers in City?

Finding an answer to this question was the purpose of research we undertook among 311 women aged 21 to 35 working in City law firms. This report summarises these findings and, where relevant, contrasts them with a parallel survey we ran with 341 women in investment banking to provide insight and highlight key areas for action for firms who wish to do more to support and nurture the female talent which is vital for their success.

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