Understanding Of The Contemporary Legal Profession

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In light of the diversification of the female supply in recent years, does engagement with gender still add relevance to understanding of the contemporary legal profession? In recent years, we have seen an increase in diversification in regards to the supply of female lawyers. We have also seen legal improvements such as antidiscrimination legislation which prevents any business operating to directly discriminate and deny access to the legal profession based on sex. However, we still see minimal diversification at managerial positions. Gender has and continues to be a contentious issue within the legal profession. Despite Anti-Discrimination legislation and diversification of the supply side, women still account for only one-fifth of Partner positions. So whilst the glass ceiling may have been shattered to an extent, the “pipeline to power remains elusive for most women” (Brenner & Knake, 2012). One finds that you can attribute this mainly to the fact that substantive equality has not been achieved, which means that it “recognises that policies and practices put in place to suit everyone may appear to be non-discriminatory, but may not address the specific needs of certain groups of people. In effect they are indirectly discriminatory, creating systemic discrimination.” (EOC, 2016). One must understand why equality is important and how indirect discrimination reduces the efficiency of the workplace. When Gender is coupled with consideration of other social
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