Women in law

And the results certainly debunk some myths (see story).

Number one is Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM). Over a third of the firm’s partnership are women.

“That’s no surprise!” cry City lawyers. “They don’t do transactional work and they’ve got an office in Skegness – haven’t they?”

“You can’t combine being a mother with doing an all-nighter! That’s why the high-flying City corporate firms are bottom of the league on female representation, right?’

Wrong and wrong.

BLM has an outpost in Stockton-on-Tees, not Skegness. And unlike many of the firm’s other departments this one is run by a man. And those thrusting corporate practices actually don’t score too badly. Slaughter and May is number 26, Lovells is number 28 and Ashurst is 31.

But bottom of the league with only 10 per cent of partners holding two X chromosomes? Not a magic circle firm at all but Ince & Co – a marine insurance specialist.

Proof that you can easily make a judgment on taking out cover, but you can’t judge a book by its cover.


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