Women leaving Northern Ireland solicitor profession in ‘significant’ numbers

A new research project has been launched to establish why a “significant” number of women are leaving Northern Ireland law firms in the middle of their careers.

The Law Society of Northern Ireland has issued a call for participants in a new research study into women’s experiences of working in the solicitors’ profession in the jurisdiction.

“Recent research has highlighted a significant mid-career migration of practising female solicitors from roles in private law firms to the public sector and other legal roles, and out of the profession entirely,” the Law Society said.

Its new project will “gather evidence and explore reasons for these trends to improve the experiences of females within the solicitor profession”.

It has appealed in particular to “females who have left private practice and moved to in-house/public/third sector roles or who have left the profession entirely” to participate in the research.

A series of workshops will take place in Newry, Omagh, Derry and Belfast in March and April to feed into the research, which will be presented later in a published report.

More information about the research project can be found on the Law Society website or by contacting [email protected].