It’s a pretty dismal figure. Just 18.6 per cent of all partners in the UK legal market are women, according to The Lawyer UK 200.
On the upside, it looks as if firms are taking the problem increasingly seriously.
Within the last few months, both Pinsent Masons and Herbert Smith Freehills have overhauled their diversity targets, setting an interim goal of a 25 per cent female partnership within three and four years respectively.
Ashurst is the latest firm to take decisive action. It intends to ensure that 40 per cent of all partner promotions are women by 2018.
Managing partner James Collis admits the firm has “more progress to make” in terms of its diversity and inclusion agenda. The four-year countdown starts here.
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- Portuguese firm PLMJ has picked up tax partner Miguel C. Reis from the Porto office of Iberian giant Garrigues
- Wizz Air has handed over control of its human resources, communications and public relations arm to general counsel Owain Jones
- And Nasa has named its first new general counselin a decade