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Thames Valley law firm Blandy & Blandy marks International Women's Day

7 March 2024
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Marking International Women's Day on March 8, Thames Valley law firm Blandy & Blandy has noted its longstanding support for women in business.

The firm, which has offices in Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Wokingham, said it was continuing to help lead the way in the legal sector, where, according to data, women now make up 53% of the solicitor profession, yet only 37% of partners in all law firms in England and Wales are women.

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The data comes from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and was published in December last year.

"We are very proud of the fact that 12 (66%) of our 18 partners are women, having this year welcomed new partners Claire Clarke and Gemma Kemp to our growing Family Law team," said Blandy & Blandy's chairman and partner Nick Burrows, who himself succeeded Blandy & Blandy’s first female chair Brenda Long.

"Two-thirds of our current senior associates and associates are also women, continuing this path.

"This has not happened by design but instead reflects Blandy & Blandy’s culture and longstanding support for women in business, with many of our female partners having progressed into partnership over time (in several cases starting out at the firm as trainees), reflecting their significant contributions to the sustained success of our firm," he said.

Paul Philip, the chief executive of the SRA, added: "A diverse and inclusive legal profession which reflects the wider community is not only good for the public, but good for legal businesses themselves.

"It benefits everyone to have the most talented people from all backgrounds able to work and progress in the legal sector. Things are slowly improving, but there is still more to do."

Blandy & Blandy is one of the Thames Valley’s leading and longest established law firms.

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.


Giles Gwinnett is a writer at The Business Magazine. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years and covered a vast array of topics at a range of media settings - in print and online. After his NCTJ newspaper training, he became a reporter in Hampshire before moving to a news agency in Gloucestershire. In recent years, he has been covering the financial markets along with company news for an investor-focused web portal. His many interests include politics, energy and the environment. He lives in Dorset.

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