Diversity plays an important part in rankings
The 2021 edition of Chambers Global is our most comprehensive guide yet. As we continuously enhance our research process in line with the latest technology, sector developments and client needs, we are delighted to now include more in-depth coverage of ranked firms and individuals than ever before.
An important issue we have been addressing is the diversity of our rankings. We have updated the submission document template to include diversity statistics, enabling us to clearly measure the presence of diverse lawyers in each department within a law firm for the first time.
This has been carried out in conjunction with all research teams receiving D&I training and addressing the impact of gendered language in editorial. This is part of an ongoing initiative to enhance our research processes and ensure they are free from unconscious bias.
Chambers Global 2021 D&I Statistics
As a consequence of this positive action taken by our editorial, D&I and leadership teams, there has been a 9% increase in the total number of ranked women lawyers across the whole Global guide from 2015-2021. Our findings in 2021 show that female practitioners hold 20% of all individual rankings across the guide compared to 15% in 2015.
The jurisdiction with the most lawyers ranked in the 2021 guide, the USA, increased its proportion of women lawyers by 55%. Further, 47 jurisdictions saw the proportion of ranked women lawyers improve by more than double. Of particular note was Honduras, which increased its proportion of ranked women lawyers by 533%.
Collaborating to collect and track D&I data is essential to making progress in this respect, and particularly for our rankings to reflect the breadth of talent in the legal profession across the globe. By working together on this vital movement, together we can achieve this goal.