The legal profession is making real progress when it comes to tackling gender inequality. There are some outliers but the majority of women lawyers are now working for firms that are committed to bringing in measures to remove barriers to women’s progress.

New research from the Next 100 Years shows, however, that less than half of women lawyers (45%) feel that current measures being taken by their organisations were proving effective. Clearly effort and resources are being put into gender diversity, with legal sector employers increasingly adopting a wide range of new initiatives, from gender blind work allocation to fertility services and menopause support, but at present we are not seeing enough focus on the changes that make a real difference.