Setfords Solicitors’ commitment to gender diversity has been highlighted in a report from The Lawyer.
As part of the UK 200, the publication also looked at gender. Of those firms ranked between 101 and 200, Setfords had more female lawyers than all but one other firm, with 176 women working as consultants at the time of publication.
The new figures come just weeks after Setfords was named Law Firm of the Year in the Women in Law Awards 2020, for its exemplary commitment to promoting gender diversity.
Co-CEO Guy Setford said: “It was always our intention to create a law firm where everyone is equal, and everyone has the same opportunities, whatever their gender or age.
“We are delighted so many lawyers feel Setfords is the right environment for them to thrive, and we look forward to welcoming many more in the future.”
According to The Law Society, since 1990, women have represented 60% of new entrants into the profession. Yet reports of under-representation at the highest echelons of the industry continue, as do issues over remuneration, although the latest figures suggest the gender pay gap is narrowing.
Guy added: “There is still more to be done within the industry to ensure we have a profession that rewards everyone fairly, but we are pleased to say that as a consultant at Setfords the barriers simply do not apply.
“Our consultants are their own bosses – they have uncapped earning potential and decide when and where they work. They are in charge of their own destinies.”
Setfords has more than 300 lawyers working as consultants, supported by more than 100 staff at the firm’s head office in Guildford. The fee-share scheme allows them to keep up to 80% of what they bill.
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