Female associates to tackle gender equality in law

Last Friday evening saw the launch of Women in Law London (WILL), a new network aiming to empower female associates as they ascend the career ladder.

This week The Lawyer explores the issue in-depth with a look at female promotion rates across the top 20. Read the full analysis here.

The network has been masterminded by Edwards Wildman Palmer associate Sascha Grimm, along with Mishcon de Reya solicitor Sophie Bragg, Shearman & Sterling senior associate Suzanne Szczetnikowicz, Edwards Wildman intellectual property associate Ellen Hughes-Jones and Kirkland & Ellis associate Fatema Orjera.

The network will not only bring women together with other associates but with senior female lawyers known as WILL ‘champions’ who provide an informal mentoring role.

There was a distinct, and perhaps unsurprising, lack of male attendees on Friday but Grimm was clear that mixed events will be on the agenda saying that men are “of course, the other side of the coin’.

In law despite women accounting for more than 50 per cent of all entries to the profession, the top 20 law firms have on average just 29.6 per cent female partners.

And with corporations pursuing increasingly controversial initiatives, such as Apple and Facebook’s egg-freezing policy, WILL aims to get to the real root of the gender imbalance.

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