Closing the Gender Gap at Partner Level: Why is Progress So Slow and How Do We Overcome This?

The inaugural London Solicitors Litigation Association Roundtable delved into the issue of gender disparity at the partner level within the legal profession. Despite over 60% of solicitors being women, only 35% hold partner positions, with a gradual increase from 31% in 2013. Participants identified key themes crucial for accelerating change, emphasising the need to nurture individual potential, create a supportive culture beyond the 24/7 norm, promote diverse role models, enhance transparency in partnership criteria, and leverage client pressure for diversity. While progress is evident, the consensus is that more concerted efforts are required to break barriers and achieve genuine gender parity.

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Mentoring Programme

Thank you to everyone who has contacted us to take part in the proposed mentoring programme.  We are working on developing this to begin later this year and to provide our members with an opportunity to connect and learn from the expertise and experiences of someone outside their firm. 

If you would be liked to be involved in the programme, either as a mentor, a mentee or both, please email to register your interest.


Pro Bono Initiative

Over the years the LSLA has made donations to many charitable organisations including those providing pro bono advice and assistance so we may seek to give back to the profession and encourage engagement.  

We are seeking to increase our involvement in this area and promoting opportunities to all our members such as by providing solicitor support for advocates offering pro bono representation, offering legal advice on matters involving human rights, assisting litigants in person and providing advisory work in fields such as corporate governance, intellectual property and employment.  To facilitate members’ involvement we have published a list of organisations with which we already have links and which offer pro bono advice and assistance so members may contact them, if they wish, to assist with their work.  The list and further details on our pro bono initiative are available here

The list is not exhaustive.  If you have any suggestions for organisations you think should be included on the list please email so our committee may consider including it.

To mark the 20th anniversary of National Pro Bono Week in the UK the LSLA has published details on the National Pro Bono initiatives and its portal of opportunities on the LSLA LinkedIn page.  The National Pro Bono Centre Portal can be accessed using the link below and includes opportunities seeking solicitors with commercial / civil litigation experience in particular, as well as remote assignments.

Pro Bono Centre Portal

Pro Bono Subcommittee

John Rogerson

John Rogerson, Lead

LSLA Committee Member and Partner at White & Case LLP

Natalie Osafo

Natalie Osafo

LSLA Committee Member and Senior Associate at Stewarts Law LLP

Emily Joss

Emily Joss

JLSLA Committee Member and Associate at Russell-Cooke Solicitors LLP

Nadya Rouben

JLSLA Committee Member and Senior Associate at DLA Piper UK LLP

Sian Akerman

Siân Akerman

JLSLA Committee Member and Senior Associate at Kingsley Napley LLP

Chancery Guide 

On 15 November 2022, Mr Justice Fancourt & Master Kaye, who led the work on producing the new Chancery Guide 2022, spoke along with other contributors ICC Judge Mullen and Maura McIntosh of Herbert Smith Freehills, to introduce the new Guide and explore how this has been updated and why.

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Law Society Litigation Handbook 

The Law Society has published its litigation handbook which is a helpful and practical guide to practice and procedure in the Business and Property Courts.

The handbook sets out the litigation process in an accessible form and explains the stages of litigation from pre-action conduct through to trial.  It also covers interim applications and is a comprehensive guide to bringing a claim in the Business and Property Courts.

The handbook is a useful single source to update both newly qualified and seasoned practitioners.  It is easy to read and should supplement both the CPR on-line and other authorities.

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Judicial Appointments Commissions

If you are considering applying for a judicial appointment, the JAC has published some useful guidelines on the process which can be found at the link below.

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