Half or more of trainees and newly qualified solicitors in City and commercial law firms are women. But in general, this is not feeding through to a better balance at partnership level. Cohort after cohort of highly skilled women lawyers reach senior associate grade and seem to hit – depending on your preferred image – a glass ceiling or a cattle grid. Careers stall and some leave the law altogether. According to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, a quarter of partners in large UK firms are women. But in practice areas like corporate finance and litigation, the proportion is significantly lower.
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