It’s hard to believe that 100 years ago, careers in the law weren’t available to women. In fact, they weren’t even allowed to study the profession.
As a female lawyer myself and having been the first female trainee solicitor at MSB, I cannot imagine a world in which women are not involved in the legal profession. Since the start of my career, I have been passionate about ensuring MSB provides equal opportunities. It’s important not just for our staff, but for our clients.
A whole century later, we have thankfully seen women slowly but surely making their mark in the legal industry. But there is more to be done.
A recent study from the Law Society showed only 48% of women believe there has been progress on gender equality in the last five years, compared to, ironically, 74% of men. This may not come as a surprise to many of us, but that doesn’t mean that it should be the norm. Across all industries, we need to do more to make sure that statistics like this are the rarity, rather than something we expect to see.