An increase in diversity in UK law firms is happening, albeit slowly. Part of the reason for this lethargy may be societal. For many millennials, the issue of inequality is simply not on their radar – and this notion stays with them until inevitably, the question of family arises.
“Ashurst falls short of 40 per cent female target in 19-strong promotions round,” is the lead headline on an April email news update from The Lawyer. Further down the bulletin another headline reads, “Reed Smith announces agile working in London ahead of office ‘refresh’”.
The recent article written by one of our consultants here at Law Staff concerning the seemingly ‘biased’ nature of the advice we give our candidates prompted a great deal of discussion. It certainly seems to have hit a nerve!
It was once a requirement of all high-flying lawyers that they put in long hours at the office - home, as well as lunch, was for wimps. Things have changed; nearly three-quarters of a million men and women in the UK are earning over £40,000 each year working fewer than five days a week.