Legal moves increase for women

Fox Rodney announces increase in female partner moves in London.

London based international legal search and recruitment company, Fox Rodney, has announced an increase in female partner moves in the London partner market in 2020. Its latest Gender Diversity Report for the London legal market says that in 2020 females made up 29 per cent of all partner moves in London, compared with 25 per cent the previous year.

This upward trend and other diversity trends within partner moves in the London legal market are explored in more detail in Fox Rodney’s annual Gender Diversity Report.

Key findings from the report include:

  • The highest percentages of female partner moves were seen in Insurance, Dispute Resolution and Real Estate – the same as 2019
  • The lowest percentages of female partner moves were seen in Competition/International Trade and in Funds/Investment Management
  • Female partners made up 37 per cent of moves in the Legal Business (UK) Top 10 firms, up from 33 per cent in 2019
  • Female partners accounted for 26 per cent of moves in the Legal Business Global Top 10 firms in London, up from 24 per cent in 2019

The report was published on International Women’s Day and shows that law firms’ efforts in relation to diversity are having a positive impact on gender diversity in this sector.

“We are pleased to see an increase in the number of female partner moves in the London legal market in 2020 but there is still a long way to go before law firms in London are truly diverse at partner level,” commented Siobhán Lewington, author of Fox Rodney’s Gender Diversity Report and driver of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. “As recruiters, we are proud to make a difference and help law firms effect real change in this area. We were proud to release our report on International Women’s Day, supporting this year’s campaign ‘Choose to Challenge’, challenging gender bias and inequality.”

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