Retaining Women in Law

The issue of retaining women hits us at all levels and all fields. Girls studying sciences past GCSEs (about 20% in engineering, technology and computer science) is mirrored by the numbers of women in STEM industries (21%). The numbers are only slightly better in government (29% elected MPs) and the judiciary (28%) and law firm partnership (29%).

A recent study reported there 45,782 fee-earners in law firms in the UK. 50.6% of these are women. At Partner level this figure drops to 29.0%. Some US surveys indicate that only 25% of IP lawyers are women. But if only 4,515 of the 15,569 people leading private practice are women, that begs the question – where did all the women go?

A sharp 21.6% decline surely means there is something going on. Are women not as ambitious or work as hard as their male counterparts who are promoted above them? Is the all-too-common maternity leave excuse really to cause for a 21.6% deficit in women Partners? Maybe women are leaving the profession to find other careers? Or maybe women are not the problem at all. Maybe there are other reasons.

Please join ChIPs London in a brainstorming panel discussion on how private practice in the UK can deliver real change in retaining women in law and closing the Partner gap. Our panellists ready to tackle this complex topic include Zoe Butler (Partner, Powell Gilbert), Lucy Wojcik (Head of IP and Patent Attorney, Ocado), Helen Ouseley (Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Freshfields), Maherunesa Khandake (Solicitor, HGF Law LLP), Laura Wright (Barrister, 4 Pump Court) and more.

At a Glance

May 2, 2019

Carpmaels & Ransford London


London (UK)

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP, 1 Southampton Row, Holborn, London WC1B 5HA


May 2, 2019

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17:30-18:00 Registration

18:00-21:00 Panel Discussion

Tickets: £12

Proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to The Wise Campagin, which enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technologoy, engineering and mathematics.

This event is open to all members of the ChIPs Community. To become a member of ChIPs, click here.

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Thanks to the ChIPs London planning committee for organising this event and to our event sponsor, Carpmaels & Ransford, for their generous support.