A row has broken out over the ranking of “top lawyers” in the UK as one individual refused to have his name listed claiming it under represented women in the profession.
A leading authority on who are suggested to be the best solicitors are was subject to criticism by Mr Chris Arnold, from a leading City firm, for missing ““brilliant and inspirational women” from the list.
Forming the contents of an open letter Christopher, a capital markets and derivative lawyer, asked requested that his name be removed from list until at least 25 percent of names included women lawyers.
The suggestion being that while more women lawyers are joining the profession, that they are underrepresented in the higher reaches of the profession.
At the same time more recent statistics suggest that whilst 59 per cent of solicitors are female, that they are only employed at partner level in approximately a third of law firms in England and Wales.
In the rankings Chambers & Partners named 16 men but only one woman, Emma Dwyer of Allen & Overy.
Published on LinkedIn his post has attracted tens of thousands of views, more than 2,000 likes, and hundreds of comments.
The SRA (Solicitors’ Regulation Authority) commented that it was committed to improving diversity in the profession. At present 29% of court judges are women, and in the Supreme Court, the UK’s highest court, just three out of 12 justices are female.