Author(s): Stephanie Hawthorne
Publication date: Nov 2018
Format: A4 Softback
This is a major piece of fundamental research and analysis by one of the most experienced and able commentators in the Law. It is exceptionally well researched and written. I commend it to all who want to understand the true position in this very important field. It is truly outstanding.
Complete with relevant quotations and views and government guidance on reporting and making the appropriate calculations, this publication is an extremely useful and practical contribution to the discussion in the U.K. in particular. I have also found it to be very helpful in order to understand the current position as regards gender pay discrepancies and how far it is indeed a virtuous circle when firms address this sensitive issue by being more transparent and proactive in bridging the gap. The report clearly shows that improvement is long overdue and that the reasons or excuses relating to recruitment, less assertive females, the maternity leave and childcare or family responsibilities are now historic. Effective action can have clear potential advantages including recruitment and winning and retaining clients.
This Special Report focuses on law firms' gender pay gaps with statistics from the top 50 law firms. This follows the new UK government regulations that came into force in April 2017 which required statutory reporting of the gender pay gap for the first time. The report analyses what individual law firms are doing to fix the gender pay gap, including work allocation, mentoring, maternity support, parental leave, women's lawyers networks with analysis from HR directors and lawyers. The report also analyses the tricky question of whether equity partners' should also reveal their pay gap and the individual choices taken by leading city law firms. It also includes coverage of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee on what action is being taken to address the gender pay gap and comment from the TUC.This cutting edge new report will be essential reading for law firm management and every practitioner interested to understand the gender pay gap in law and how women can be supported in their roles.