News + commentary + research + advice + blogging
from the legal recruitment experts.

You are here:

  • / Home
  • / Insights
  • / Work life balance remains the main obstacle to partnership
  • Work life balance remains the main obstacle to partnership

    Posted on 30th June 2017 in News

    Although 7 in 10 lawyers aspire to partnership or a leadership role within their firm 43% of those turned off by the prospect cite work life balance as the main reason they are turning their back on the prospect.  

    31% stated that they did not want the stress associated with the role, nearly 1 in 5 believed the glass ceiling had created a fait accompli and 9 % were not interested in partnership due to lack of opportunity for flexible working.

    65% of female lawyers aspire to partnership compared to 78% of male. Work life balance was the main obstacle to progression for 43% of females working in the legal profession compared to 45% of male.

    A third of female lawyers cited stress as their biggest partnership turn off with a quarter of men working in the profession citing the same.

    Even in 2017 the glass ceiling is still an issue for 1 in 5 male lawyers and 16% of female. 8% of men working in the sector did not want to progress to a leadership role because of the lack of flexi-time with just 2% of women believing it was their biggest obstacle.

    Work life balance was the biggest concern for 50% of legal professionals employed in high street firms and 38% of lawyers employed in the top 100 UK firms. 50% of In-House lawyers cited the same reason. 

    Legal professionals working in UK200 enviromments booked the trend with glass ceiling cited as the biggest turn off with 33% ruling out progression to leadership role for that reason. 

    3,000 legal professionals working across the sector responded to Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment's 2017 survey.        


    Lawyers, legal profession, Solicitors, Partnership, work life balance,

    More News:

    Rage against the Machines

    David Doherty, Managing Consultant, Douglas Scott The legal sector is embracing technology like never before. One example…

    Posted: 31st October 2017

    Read more

    Manchester’s Finest

      Craig Heywood, managing consultant here at Douglas Scott, is dusting off his dinner jacket after being named a finalist…

    Posted: 18th October 2017

    Read more

    Time is ticking for young lawyers…

    A recent report published by the Resolution Foundation contains some tough reading for millennials. Today’s 30-year olds…

    Posted: 28th September 2017

    Read more