Saturday 19 January 2019

More women than men work as solicitors in Cork

Maria Herlihy

Women practising as solicitors greatly outnumber their male counterparts in Cork and Dublin and seven other counties in the country.

According to the Law Society of Ireland Gazette, which looked at the countrywide distribution and gender breakdown of practising solicitors, there are 444 females practising law compared to 411 males in Cork. In total, it brings the figure to 855 in Cork. 

Dublin obviously leads the way with a total of 6,066 practising solicitors in total of which again women outnumber men. There are 3,235 females compared to 2,831 men. This trend is equally followed in Carlow, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Longford and Monaghan. 

In counties Cavan, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Louth,Mayo, Meath, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow there are more male solicitors.

However, in some counties, only marginally so. An example being Limerick where there are 153 females practising law compared to 155 men. In Tipperary, the margin is much higher as there are 60 females practising law compared to 103 males. 

As noted by Ken Murphy, President of the Law Society, it is the first time the  Gazette has published a table setting out the number of practising certificates on a county by county basis. He noted that Pcs in an individual county is an indicator of the demand for legal services, together with the level of economic activity in that county. 

However, he noted that outside the Pale, the largest county by far in Ireland in geographical size in Cork where there are 855 solicitors who comprise 9% of the States  total. 

He wrote that perhaps the most powerful source of human identity, even more powerful that county identity in Ireland is gender. 

"The feminisation of the legal profession has been a global trend for decades. But the pace of the trend now has massive momentum. As the Law Society proudly proclaimed in 2014, the first legal profession in the world where the majority of practising members is female was the solicitors' profession in this jurisdiction," he stated.