Tuesday 17 September 2019

How female solicitors miss out on promotion

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Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

The gender gap in the legal profession is revealed in a new study which shows women are half as likely to make partner status as their male colleagues.

Female solicitors also described delaying pregnancy, or limiting maternity leave, according to the study. Some spoke of concealing pregnancies for as long as possible to avoid being disadvantaged in promotion and pay decisions.

Just over 24pc of women achieve partnership, compared with 55pc of male solicitors. In the six largest firms, almost 54pc of all solicitors are female, yet fewer than 19pc of women make partner.

The findings were presented by Suzanne Carthy, a solicitor and doctoral candidate at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, and published in the 'Law Society Gazette'.

She also found that only one in eight of women who has taken any maternity leave is a partner.

Ms Carthy notes that "systematic review and audit of female progression rates and exit statistics are required to identify the causes of inequality".

Irish Independent

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