In a list compiled by The Legal 500 Russell-Cooke ranks ninth in London by percentage of women listed as leaders in the 2021 UK guide. Fourteen individual rankings, out of a total of 26, means 54% of recommended lawyers are women, well above the average figures across the country (34%).

The Legal 500, published by Legalease, is an independent guide to the legal sector, ranking law firms and lawyers across legal specialist areas and geographic regions. Research is based on submissions from law firms, interviews with leading private practice lawyers and client feedback.  

In an article in the Legal Business magazine, also published by Legalease, the editors of The Legal 500 have taken an in-depth look at gender diversity in the latest edition of the directory.

This list considers firms with at least 20 individual rankings featured in the London 2021 rankings published in September 2020. Across 126 London practice areas The Legal 500 currently ranks almost 5,000 individuals with just over a third (34%) of these being women.

Legal 500 UK editors Georgina Stanley and Ben Wheway said: The Legal 500 has an important role to play in increasing inclusion and being part of the discussion around it. Yes, law firms still need to do much more to fix unequal representation within their ranks, particularly at senior levels, but if that diverse talent is there, legal directories have a duty to identify and promote the individuals embodying it.”

Russell-Cooke's equality, diversity and inclusion partner, Gareth Ledsham, commented: “I am delighted to see this recognition by the Legal 500 of the strength of female representation amongst our top lawyers. The partnership is 39% female and half of our Board is female – this is who we are. There is, of course, much work to do to achieve genuine inclusion, particularly during the pandemic when statistically women are overwhelmingly responsible for childcare and home schooling. It is a constant work in progress but this is very encouraging news.”

The full report can be read on the Legal 500 website.