Sherwood Gender Diversity Survey for Law Firms

Diversity & Inclusion is an important issue for law firms. There have been some improvements, yet the statistics show that most talented women are still choosing to leave firms and make alternative career choices. Overall, still only about 20% of partners are women.

Are firms really committed to change or are they just ticking boxes?  Click on the link below to complete our short survey for women in law firms to tell us what you think firms need to do in order to encourage more women into senior leadership positions.

We’d love to hear from you.  As an incentive to fill it in (it only takes a couple of minutes), if you fill in your email address we will send you a copy of the results. No replies will be attributed so tell us how it really is.


Sherwood Report on Gender Balance in Law Firms – Could Try Harder!

A great summary Tony.

Tony Reiss

school reportImagine it’s coming up to the end of the Easter term at school. Report time for law firms! Some A’s, a few B’s, but on Diversity and Inclusion, I’m afraid it’s a ‘Could Try Harder!’

My Sherwood partner Ann Collier carried out research amongst 28 law firms to find out what’s best practice in terms of retaining top female talent. There are some good things happening, but there is evidence that progress has rather plateaued. What do firms need to do differently to move to the next level?

Some notable findings and thoughts from Ann are as follows:

  1. Most firms regard keeping top female talent as strategically important to their business and yet there are still pockets of Partners who do not fully embrace the concept and objectives. Is this being given top priority by the management of your firm?
  2. In many firms the approach to improving gender diversity is

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