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One third of law firms now owned by women

Posted on 8th March 2017

More than a third of law firms in England and Wales are now majority-owned by women, the Law Society has said.

Law Society president Robert Bourns said: “The proportion of law firms majority owned by women far outstrips the national estimate of women-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs), reflecting the changing culture in the legal sector.”

The organisation estimates that 34 per cent of the 9,403 law firms in England and Wales in 2015 have a majority of women in the partnership. This compares to an estimate that 21 per cent of SMEs nationwide are female-owned.

The Lawyer’s own research shows that just nine firms in the UK top 200 are majority-female at partnership level. Of those, Hodge Jones & Allen is the most female-heavy – 71 per cent of partners are women. #IWD2017

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