Women lawyers' pay lags behind male colleagues

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The Independent Online

The scale of the gender pay gap at Britain's law firms was laid bare today when figures showed the average female lawyer is paid £51,396 a year less than a male.

The figures, from legal recruiter Laurence Simons, found men took home an average pay packet worth £162,689 last year, against £111,293 for women.

Women received half the average bonus of men – £23,622 compared with £47,496, and only 76 per cent of the average male lawyer's salary. But the gap is narrowing, as men saw a £5,228 fall in average pay last year while women saw an average rise of £1,391.