Kingsley Napley has 356 employees, 70 per cent of whom are women. At the helm of our firm are two women. Managing Partner, Linda Woolley and Senior Partner, Jane Keir took up their roles in 2004 and 2013 respectively. The partnership of the firm benefits from near equal gender split; currently 48 per cent of the partnership is female. In short, we punch well above our weight when it comes to achieving gender equality in the law.
International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 8 March in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements whilst also marking calls for gender parity.
Being philanthropic is part of our DNA. When we see somebody struggle our natural instinct is to help and many people do this by donating to charities in their lifetime or leaving charitable legacies in their wills.
As Hillary Clinton’s hopes of shattering the ultimate glass ceiling are resigned to history it reminds us of the struggle that women continue to have in achieving equality with men in the workplace.
The Equal Pay Act was introduced in 1970, which prohibited less favourable treatment for women than men with regard to pay and conditions. 46 years later and the most recent statistics show that there is still a 13.9% pay gap on average between women and men.
A recent article in the Evening Standard reminded me why I am proud to be managing partner of Kingsley Napley. The article, Law firms ‘will fall behind if they fail to promote women’, looked at a recent report by Skarbek Associates which concluded that the future of London law firms will be threatened unless they speed up efforts to help women progress to their senior ranks. It warned that ‘attitudes’ and ‘organisational culture’ are still hindering female progression with women accounting for fewer than one in five of full equity partners in the City’s top 10 law firms.