The Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, has published a report on the Future of Legal Services. Of the many takeaways of note, one was that women will be the majority of practitioners – and soon:
“Data from our Annual Statistics Reports on solicitor demographics indicates that the profession, overall, has grown by 34.8 per cent between 2004 and 2014. As at July 2014, 130,382 solicitors held current practising certificates. During the decade from 2004-2014, the proportion of practising certificate holders who are women increased from 40.5 per cent to 48.2 per cent. The proportion of women solicitors and the proportion of solicitors at or near retirement age both look set to increase significantly over the next five years. Women are expected to account for over half of all solicitors by 2020, for the first time becoming the majority gender in the solicitor profession.”
Read: The Future of Legal Services – The Law Society (see link at bottom for PDF download) and additional insight by Denise Nurse of the innovative Halebury firm.