Women making their way into the top roles of major companies in every industry is a hot button topic; the technology, government, banking, and legal worlds are just a few of the leading industries that have been under scrutiny for their tendencies to hire and promote women to top spots of leadership. But the dearth of female top lawyers in the U.K. has been notorious, and it has only just begun to amend itself, as women begin to scatter the landscape of an industry deeply rooted in hiring practices that traditionally do not involve them.
A report from the Financial Times notes that the number of women in top law firms in the U.K. is even lower than the number of women in top banking companies — an industry famous for excluding women from its top roles. 18.6 percent of partners in the U.K.’s top 20 law establishments are women — according to The Lawyer magazine — despite a decently balanced number of trainees each year. Compare that to Lloyds Banking Group’s 28 percent of women in senior roles and Barclays 21 percent, and the legal field does seem to lag in its equal-opportunity promotions.