In-house leaders still view law firm origination credit as a stumbling block to achieving gender diversity in law firms and should begin asking the firms they work with about their origination credit process, according to Burford Capital’s 2020 Equity Project Study: General Counsel and the Gender Gap in the Law.

Of the general counsel and senior in-house attorneys who responded to the study, 52% said they are not aware of how origination credit is awarded at the law firms they work with. Aviva Will, co-chief operating officer at Burford Capital in New York, said that number surprised her.

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