Editor's comment: The numbers game
There's been much talk in recent years about the remoteness of partnership, a factor thought to be driving young lawyers away from the law. But reading this week's in depth special on women in law, it is clear that partnership at major City firms is anything but unobtainable - providing you are a man. To a male trainee at a major City firm you're implicitly entering a competition to, in a decade or so, become a very well-remunerated owner of the business. Not a breeze, certainly, but your odds will be massively improved by the fact that 55% to 60% of the group you are competing against - meaning women - will choose to quit the race in vast numbers. The only mystery is why more men aren't flocking to the law with odds like these.
Time for a new deal for women lawyers
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