Gender representation at the Bar Chambers High Net Worth
In this Legal Topics article from the Chambers High Net Worth team, the gender representation across our rankings for the Bar are analysed.
Gender diversity at the Bar
According to the Bar Standards Board’s Diversity at the Bar 2020 report, women now constitute 38.2% of practising barristers, up 0.2% on the previous year. The proportion of female QCs increased from 16.2% in 2019 to 16.8% in 2020, illustrating the difference in gender diversity at different levels of seniority within the legal profession.
Bar rankings in Chambers High Net Worth
Chambers High Net Worth ranks the top professional advisers to High Net Worth Individuals and organisations globally. Chambers High Net Worth 2021 includes Bar rankings for the following practice areas:
- Art & Cultural Property
- Traditional Chancery
- Financial Crime
- Tax: Private Client
The percentage of women ranked in all the Bar sections has increased from 19.7% in the 2018 edition to 27.2% in 2021, still considerably below the percentage of women practising at the Bar.
While this increase is clearly to be welcomed, women are still significantly under-represented in these rankings when compared with the BSB figures for the profession as a whole.
% of Women barristers ranked in all High Net Worth Bar sections
The total percentage of women barristers ranked in Chambers High Net Worth Bar sections are listed below. As the data shows, we are seeing a year-on-year increase since the 2018 edition of the legal rankings. In our efforts to support the furthering of diversity within the legal market, we are encouraging diversity stats to be included within our submissions process for the Chambers High Net Worth guide.
• 2018 Guide: 19.7%
• 2019 Guide: 20.9%
• 2020 Guide: 22.2%
• 2021 Guide: 27.2%
% of Women barristers ranked in all High Net Worth sections to 2030
Forecasting shows that, at current rates, it will take until 2026 for
What is the Chambers High Net Worth team doing to address gender diversity in our rankings?
One way the team is attempting to improve gender diversity is through encouraging sets to highlight women barristers in their submissions. We are also committed to representation of women in our research interviews.
Last year, the team set a soft target of interviewing a gender-
This will allow us to track whether we are interviewing a balanced split of male and female barristers, and, if not, whether the issue is with who our researchers request for interview or with sets substituting the female barristers we request for male colleagues. We hope to be able to provide a breakdown of this data next year.
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