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Gender parity in senior partner roles '20 years away'

Gender parity in senior partner roles '20 years away'

It will take another 20 years until women reach gender parity with men in senior partner positions, even though they already account for over half of law graduates, academic research suggests.

BPP University Law School analysed more than 25 years' worth of Law Society data for its report, Law Firm of the Future. Currently 47% of lawyers are women. This will rise to 71% in 20 years' time, according to the law school's 'statistical modelling' projections.

If current trends continue, law firms will also be more ethnically diverse. The percentage of practising solicitors who are White European will fall from the current 84% to 72%, while the proportion of Asian solicitors will double to 16%.

The percentage of African/Afro-Caribbean solicitors will rise from 2.5% to 4%, and double to 3% for Chinese solicitors.

There is a rise in online and contract and consultancy work, and the number of roles during careers is likely to increase. The holy grail of equity partnership will be achieved by fewer people but other roles like legal engineer, legal technologist and project management will be increasingly valued.

Source: Law Gazette

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