Top law firms committed to closing the gender gap as reported by The Times.

Law firms traditionally have a macho image. Big strides though have been made in recent years to expand opportunities for women, as reported by Edward Fennell of The Times, which explains why six firms were named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2014 as part of Opportunity Now, the workplace gender campaign from Business in the Community.

Olswang - 30 female partners worldwide, 20 of whom are in the UK, 119 female salaried solicitors worldwide, 87 in the UK and 19 female trainees.

Eversheds - 77 female partners worldwide, 68 are in the UK, 526 female salaried solicitors, 469 are in the UK and 71 female trainees.

Simmons & Simmons - 35 female partners, 22 in the UK, 251 female salaried solicitors worldwide, 140 in the UK and 52 female trainees.

Linklaters - 72 female partners worldwide, 41 are in the UK, 1,007 female salaried solicitors worldwide of which 450 are in the UK and 103 female trainees.

Norton Rose Fullbright - 273 female partners, 33 are in the UK, 1,115 female associates worldwide, 220 in the UK and 68 female trainees in London.

Addleshaw Goddard - 36 female partners out of a total of 174 are based in the UK, 232 female salaried solicitors all of which are in the UK and 51 female trainees.

Much of the progress reflects the huge increase in women entering the legal profession and top firms are being innovative in their approach to nurture female talent.

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Rebecca Smith
Managing Director