Influx of female lawyers sparks re-think of hours culture
A rise in the number of women entering the legal profession is forcing employers to re-think their long hours culture, it has been claimed.
Catherine Naylor from law recruitment firm Goldman Naylor said that law firms were increasingly offering family-friendly working policies in order to attract top female employees.
Although in the past many women found that the demands of family life damaged their career prospects, the number of female lawyers has doubled since 1995, with women now accounting for 60 per cent of trainee solicitors.
Employers who do not offer a work environment that is attractive to women face the prospect of candidate shortages, Ms Naylor said.
She added: "Women are changing the face of the profession. Tomorrow's partner is more likely to be female, with very different ideas and aspirations and demanding a better work-life balance."