Gender breakdown: How firms fare between males and females

By Emma Ryan|14 December 2020
How firms fare between males and females

Following on from the release of the most attractive firms depending on state, Lawyers Weekly can now reveal the top firms deemed most attractive among those who identify as male and female.

For the sixth consecutive year, Lawyers Weekly has unveiled its Top 25 Attraction Firms ranking, showcasing the most sought-after legal employers across the country.

Last week, we shared the stats state-by-state, revealing that when broken down, the perception of firms remains higher in some locations, when compared to others.

Along with those deemed most attractive in the states of NSW, VictoriaQueenslandWestern Australia and South Australia, the report also shed light on the firms deemed most attractive by those who identify as male and female.


According to these results, when asked: Which firms would you consider a move to if you ever decided to leave your current firm?, the majority of respondents who identified as female selected MinterEllison, while the majority of those who identified as male selected Herbert Smith Freehills.

King & Wood Mallesons was selected as the next popular choice for those who identify as women, whereas the next most popular for those who identify as male was found to be both King & Wood Mallesons and Ashurst, who received the same number of votes. 

Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Lander & Rogers were tied for next on the preference list for those who identify as female, while Allens was dubbed next for those who identify as male.

Rounding out the most attractive firms for those who identify as female were Clayton Utz, Ashurst and Allens, which received the same number of votes. Meanwhile, MinterEllison, Lander & Rogers and Corrs Chambers Westgarth were equally chosen as the next most attractive lot of firms by those who identify as male.



The ranking, which is in partnership with Momentum Intelligence, forms part of a research report that seeks to understand the key drivers legal professionals have when choosing to either stay at their firm or leave. It also offers insight into the firms leading the pack in terms of attraction, as well as which is front of mind to all legal professionals when they consider switching firms.

While those who made the cut in this year’s Top 25 Attraction Firms have cemented their position as being a sought-after employer nationwide, breaking down the figures by state offers a different picture as to what is thought to be the firm lawyers would most want to join if they were to leave their current place of employment. 

For more information about the rankings or the Attraction Firms Report, please contact Oliver Stofka: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02 9922 3300.

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