Women outnumber men in legal profession

A report has found that women outnumbered men in the Australian legal profession in 2016 for the first time ever, although they still hold far fewer senior leadership positions.

The Law Society of NSW released the National Profile of Solicitors 2016 report yesterday.

Recent research from the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW found that women made up just 18 per cent of equity partners, despite being equally represented at senior associate level.

Mr Tidball said that although most firms have flexible working policies, many fail to translate these policies into reality. He said this was cited as one of the biggest barriers to women’s career advancement.

“The legal profession must assist men and women to better balance their professional and other commitments,” he said.


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