England: A third of law firm partners are women

A third of partners in law firms are women while more than half of all partners were educated at state schools, The Brief reports.

Data from the Solicitors Regulation Authority shows that the profession is balancing at senior levels across 9,000 law firms.

However this is not the case in the City of London and at firms which have more than 50 partners – where the proportion of female partners is 29 per cent. Ethnic minorities make up only eight per cent in such firms, compared to 34 per cent of sole practices.

Fifty-seven per cent of partners hail from state schools, up from 47 per cent in 2014, while nearly 60 per cent are first generation graduates.

Paul Philip, the SRA’s chief executive, said: “I know we will all welcome the progress that is clearly being made in many areas. But there is much more to do to achieve a truly diverse profession that reflects the community it serves, encourages people to access the legal services they need and offers opportunities for the brightest and best from every background.”