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More than half of solicitors are from the first generation of their family to attend university

More than half of solicitors are from the first generation of their family to attend university

The diversity report by the Law Society also found that slightly over one in ten (11%) of the country's solicitors in 2015 were eligible for free school meals while growing up.

The profession is also edging towards a balanced male-female split, with women now accounting for 49% of England and Wales' solicitors. Those from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds made up 14% of the profession, which the Society pointed out was close to the make-up of the wider population.

However, the Society was disappointed to note those with a disability were still sorely underrepresented in the ranks of the legal eagles, accounting for just 6% of professionals. The report also highlighted that just 29% of partners were women, while just 11% were from a BAME background.

Figures released last year by the Sutton Trust and PRIME cast doubt on social mobility in the legal profession, revealing around a third (32%) of partners at firms and three-quarters of top judges had been privately educated, compared with just seven per cent of the general population.

Source: CityAM

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