find the latest legal job
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Adelaide CBD · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
Freelance Project Finance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Australia
· Vario are looking for freelance lawyers with experience in project finance ideally within the renewable energy sector
View details
Vario Freelance Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Australia
· We are looking for lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Freelance Construction Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· We are looking for construction lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Banking Associate - 1-6PQE - Allen & Overy
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: United Kingdom
· Banking Associate - 1-6 PQE - Allen & Overy
View details
Is it really a man's world?

Is it really a man's world?

Of the total of 826 graduates hired by the 16 firms in Lawyer2B’s survey, 462 were female and 366 were male. This equates with 56 per cent of positions to women and only 44 per cent to men.Only…

Of the total of 826 graduates hired by the 16 firms in Lawyer2Bs survey, 462 were female and 366 were male. This equates with 56 per cent of positions to women and only 44 per cent to men.

Only 4 of the 16 firms surveyed — Deacons, Mallesons, Middletons and Piper Alderman — have more male than female graduates, while TressCox has an even split.

Of the top tier, Blakes had the highest proportion of female graduates, with 65 per cent, followed by Freehills (62 per cent), Minter Ellison (60 per cent), Allens (55 per cent), Clayton Utz (55 per cent) and Mallesons (47 per cent). Freehills hired the most female graduates this year, totalling 68.

It remains to be seen just how long it will take for the increase in young female lawyers at Australian firms to translate into a greater proportion of female partners.

According to Rachael Duggan, manager of the private practice team at recruitment company Taylor Root, the proportion of females drops off considerably at the partner level, even though there are now more female partners than ever before.

Importantly though, Duggan said there are less graduates of either gender advancing to partner because of the abundance of options available to mid-level lawyers.

“For both males and females, in-house might be attractive, an overseas stint might be attractive, so it’s harder to retain the graduates all the way to partnership,” she said.

Far from being the fault of the law firms themselves, Duggan said they would love to see more female partners, but the problem is that young lawyers are spoilt for choice and are leaving to work elsewhere.

To keep female lawyers on board, Duggan said there is now an increase in the number of women being made partner during maternity leave. “I am aware of a number of partners who have been made up on maternity leave, which is pretty impressive,” she said. “It just acknowledges that it’s part and parcel — women do have to have the babies after all — but it’s not going to stop your career or your chance for promotion. I’ve definitely seen an increase in that trend.”

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

Is it really a man's world?
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Jan 23 2018
Disrupting traditional archiving and storage methods
Promoted by Fileman TRENDS COME and go but technology and its disruption to the legal landscape h...
Scales of Justice
Jan 23 2018
WA to close ‘legal loophole’ on gender reassignment laws
Laws in Western Australia will soon change to permit married people to undergo gender reassignment s...
Lawyers take to Twitter to share career stories
Jan 22 2018
Lawyers take to Twitter to share career stories
The #mypathtolaw hashtag has been embraced by legal eagles to swap stories with the Twitter communit...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...