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Women outnumber men practising as solicitors for the first time

By Kirsty hewitt 

The legal profession is becoming more diverse - women outnumber men for the first time.

There are now more women than men practising as solicitors for the first time ever, new research from the Law Society has revealed.

According to the independent professional body, women now make up 50.1% of the 139,624 Practising Certificate (PC) holders and 48% of the 93,155 solicitors working in private practice in England and Wales.

Females also accounted for 61.6% of new admissions in 2016/17.

The Annual Statistics report for 2017 report also showed that the legal profession is becoming more ethnically diverse.

Some 16.5% of PC holders are from BAME groups. Asian solicitors continue to be the best represented, making up 8.2% of all PC holders. And almost two-fifths of those accepted onto first degree law courses for 2017/18 are BAME students.

Joe Egan, Law Society president, said: “With more women than men and a steadily growing proportion of solicitors from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background, it is more important than ever the profession recognises and rewards talent equally.”

Every step towards greater equality, he added, will benefit businesses, clients and solicitors alike.