On 18 June, The Government Equalities Office and the Ministry of Justice hosted a roundtable focussing on the barriers to women’s progression in the legal profession.
The roundtable was attended by female solicitors at different stages in their careers including; President of the Law Society, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff; Andrea Als, PricewaterhouseCooper; Justine Delroy, Partner for Addleshaw Goddard LLP and Erica Handling, Managing Director and General Counsel for EMEA for Corporate and Investment Banking at Barclays.
The discussion focussed on the under-representation of women and BME women in senior roles. The attendees discussed the importance of role models, flexible working and how business could act as a catalyst for cultural change.
The attendees felt that talent management and career planning were particularly important, but that this should be tailored to suit the individual to ensure women could be supported through their careers to aspire to the top levels of the profession.