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It is a myth that female solicitors are pushed into “female-friendly” areas of law, figures published yesterday revealed, as most practise general litigation and “business affairs”.
Similarly to their male counterparts, the area of practice that attracted the most women was general litigation, with nearly 10,800 saying they practised regularly in that field of law. The second most popular area for women, according to figures from the Law Society of England and Wales, was business affairs, which attracted more than 9,300. Those two categories topped the league table for men, but in reverse order.
Commercial property was also more popular with female solicitors, with 8,600 ticking that practice box.
Family law – widely assumed to be a “ghetto” practice area for women lawyers – was only the fourth most popular, with slightly more than 8,000 saying they regularly practised in that field.
Children law – another field often assumed to be highly popular with women – was practised by about 5,300 women in the 2017 figures. That area trailed residential conveyancing and personal injury law.