Law Firms 'Just Pay Lip Service to Promoting Women' ; EXCLUSIVELegal Firms under Attack

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Law Firms 'Just Pay Lip Service to Promoting Women' ; EXCLUSIVELegal Firms under Attack


Murphy, Joe, The Evening Standard (London, England)


A POWERFUL attack on legal firms for paying "lip service" to promoting women will be launched by the President of the Law Society tonight.

Men are routinely getting directorships who, if judged purely on talent, "would never even have seen the paintings on the boardroom wall".

The "uncomfortable truths" will be spelled out by Lucy Scott- Moncrieff in the keynote speech to a London audience of leading law firms and senior partners from the capital and abroad.

"It is not enough to merely pay lip service to the benefits of flexible working," she will tell the conference. "It is not acceptable to consider women who take advantage of flexible working practices as somehow lacking commitment. The risk is that boardrooms will be full of men, only some of whose talent warrants their senior positions.

"If career progression was based on pure merit, some male business leaders and law firm senior partners would never even have seen the paintings on the boardroom wall. This is disappointing for the talented women who lose out, but is also damaging to the organisations which lose what they have to offer."

Ms Scott-Moncrieff will say an increasing number of firms had "genuinely embraced" reforms like flexible working and allowing better work-life balance. "These Continued on Page 4

Continued from Page 1 firms are attracting more talented women and men with boardroom potential," she will add.

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