Analysis Focus: Simmons female representation – Lady billers By The Lawyer 24 October 2010 00:00 17 December 2015 15:51 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Graham 27 October 2010 at 07:04 To look at bald percentages without looking at the reasons behind them is very naive and misleading, as is the bald statement “statistics matter”. They are only relevant if they are properly explained. The quotes you were given were the usual PC guff churned out by the firms PR departments. Much of the reason is womens own lifestyle choices. Reply Link Political Realist 29 October 2010 at 12:12 Following from the above comment, surely the correct question is not, “what percentage of partners in any given firm is female?”, but rather, “what percentage of women who want to become partner at their firm have the opportunity to do so?” This is a much more complicated question, but would produce a more accurate set of statistics. Implicit in that is the fact that many women choose in-house roles, or deliberately reject offers of partnership, for lifestyle reasons. Surely this debate can only be had if all the facts are on the table: for example, we would also need to see statistics around the numbers of women in senior or high-profile in-house jobs, and the percentages of women who have decided to stay in senior fee-earning roles in private practice rather than choosing to try for partnership. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.