But while the numbers in today’s report are definitive, some lend themselves to subjective interpretation and are likely to provoke debate.
One example is the representation of women in the profession. Given that feminisation of the profession did not begin in earnest until the 1970s, the current proportion looks encouraging. According to the report, women account for nearly half of solicitors with practising certificates – 62,844 compared with 67,538 men. By 2017, there will be as many women solicitors as men.Read full story