Tony Girling, the society's president, and Kamlesh Bahl, chairwoman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, said yesterday that they were writing to every solicitors' firm asking them to re-examine pay scales and implement the EOC's Equal Pay Code of Practice.
Mr Girling said: "Discrimination in pay is professional misconduct, quite apart from being against the law of the land."
Ms Bahl said: "Pay equality makes good business sense. It helps keep down staff turnover and loss of key skills to a minimum. It also sends an important message about a firm's corporate values."Reuse content