Women still have a long way to go to achieve equality with men in this profession. Dig a little deeper and you find that solicitors are 52% male and 48% female but only 28.8% of those women are partners. There are many factors that account for this inequality, not least of which the pressures that having a family places on those women.
Within this firm, I have never been treated any differently due to my sex. Ability is recognised and rewarded regardless of whether you are male or female. I strongly suspect that in most other firms it is the same these days. More females are now gaining law degrees and pursuing legal careers than ever before and I predict that in another 10 years’ time that 28.8% will be approaching 50%
This firm has gone from being a majority male partnership to majority female, with myself being the first female managing partner. I believe that men and women have different qualities and different strengths and while they are equal, the differences should be celebrated. I am firmly of the view, that it is the qualities each person brings to the table that truly matters when running this business.