Since the very beginning, there has been a lot of debate on this topic – how varied the legal firms in UK are? To seek the answer, research was carried out asking the staff to provide the most genuine result. The results are exhibited in a comprehensive way in the following article.
The most updated data gathered was in the year 2017 including around 92% of total legal firms in London. This is made up of details from nearly 180,000 people working in none less than 9,000 companies. 74% of firms had a reaction rate from their staff of 90% or higher. It is very much necessary to keep in mind that just more than 70% of legal professionals possess a practicing certificate.
People can choose for not to answer the complete set or specific questions, thus response rates within firms may differ.
If you want, you can confirm the rough data obtained in 2017 for the five categories they have used for their analysis. This includes the ‘prefer not to say’ and the intolerable responses, where people did not pick one of the options mentioned in the questionnaire.
The rough data for all lawyers shows that for most of the questions got amazing response rates. Although the changes were not too extensive, the response rates were a lot better than in 2015 by 1% for all categories, excluding the disability and gender which were both below 1%.
The major discoveries for each of the diverse segments is inclusive of the comparisons of the data between legal firms in London of various sizes and work category. We discovered the firm size by the number of partners, differing from one partner to more than 50, and firms are considered in a specific category if it has been told that they carry out 50% or more of that work type. All-inclusive information about the prepared comparisons is set out law firm diversity tool.
Women were made up of 48% of all lawyers in legal firms and 47% of the UK manpower. For the other staff employed in law firms, women are known to shelter almost three-quarters of the workforce. There has been a frippery change since 2014 in either group.
There are not so imposing but welcome indicators of progress in the top-most firms, however, as the difference has come down over the past four years, with the portion of female partners rising gradually from 25% in 2014 to 29% in 2017.
There has been a larger proportion of female lawyers in mid-level legal firms in London- women make up 54% of all lawyers in legal businesses with six to nine partners and those with 10 to 50 partners. There is a smaller portion of female lawyers in one partner firms (44%).
There has been a continuous increase in the portion of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) lawyers working in law firms, now one in five lawyers. This is up 7%, from 14% in 2014 to 21% in 2017. In 2015, 11% of the UK workforce was comprised of BAME.