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Gender divide among top UK lawyer jobs

9th October 2014

Law firm Slaughter and May has seen its percentage of female partners rise, while Clifford Chance has seen female partners drop The latest figures from two of the UK’s top law firms have illustrated a significant gender divide among their legal positions. Slaughter and May has seen its percentage of female partners rise to 20 per cent, while opposing firm Clifford Chance has seen the figure of their female partners drop to 16 per cent, down on the 16.3 per cent reported in the previous year.

The figures come of great interest to the legal sector as a whole as firms across the board look to increase the diversity of their offices. Slaughters’ latest figures from 31st January of this year depict a one per cent increase in females taking up partner lawyer jobs at the firm when compared to last year’s figures dated 1st May 2013.

The announcement comes as law firms across the country pledge to improve the gender diversity of their offices, as reported in this previous article. While Clifford Chance has reported a marginal drop in the number of their female partners, there is still optimism for the sector, especially with the impressive figures released from Slaughter, as detailed further in this article.

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