The Ninth Decade: 1999 – 2009

Published 17th September 2019
The Leaky Pipeline

This a special live recorded episode of the podcast. To set the scene for this 9th episode we’ve reached the decade of the 2000’s. This first decade of the new millennium saw global financial instability and the credit crunch which sent profound shockwaves through the UK economy, and resulted in many redundancies in the legal sector. This was coupled with global technological advances giving rise to a rapid growth in online businesses and faster global communications and in the workplace the prevalence of laptops, mobile phones ushered in the greater capability for remote working. Turning to the progress of women in law in the 2000’s a few numbers. In 2002 women made up 63% of entrants studying law and 63% of trainee solicitors. These numbers reflected the steady increase of women keen to become lawyers over the recent decades. At the practitioner level, women made up just over 36% of practicing solicitors, rising to around 45% by the end of the decade, and women with BAME backgrounds made up just over 13%.

Special Guests:

Funke Abimbola is a multi-award winning lawyer, business leader, public speaker, TV contributor, diversity leader, patron and board member.

Christina Blacklaws is Chair, NED, speaker, consultant, Immediate Past President of the Law Society. Chair of Lawtech Delivery Panel 5th woman President of The Law Society.

Sally Boyle is the International Head of Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs.

Professor Jo Delahunty QC is a barrister at 4 Paper Buildings, Recorder of the Southern-Eastern Circuit and a Bencher at Middle Temple. She’s also Gresham Professor at Law.
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