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US male in-house counsel earn $19k more per year: report


There is a significant gender pay gap among in-house counsel, especially in the US and EMEA, according to a new report from a legal research firm.

In-house teams must drive diversity to recover post-pandemic: report

UK17-04-2020Sarah Morgan

In-house legal teams will need to focus on five ‘pillars’, which include driving diversity across all dimensions and at all levels, if they are to recover and find new opportunities in a post-pandemic world. 

Disabled lawyers barely represented in in-house legal roles

UK06-04-2020Sarah Morgan

While 60% of UK lawyers working in-house are women, just 1.5% are disabled, while black, Asian and minority ethnic lawyers are underrepresented, according to statistics published by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

USPTO launches platform to drive patent filer diversity


The US Patent and Trademark Office has launched a new platform aimed at encouraging greater participation in the patent system, as part of its effort to inspire a more diverse innovation economy.

Solicitors reluctant to reveal disability, says SRA report

UK17-03-2020Edward Pearcey

There is a reluctance among disabled legal professionals to inform their employers of their disability, according to a Solicitors Regulation Authority report, meaning firms are potentially not introducing measures to help.

International Women’s Day: pledges from the IP world

International09-03-2020Sarah Morgan

As International Women’s Day approaches, WIPR set out to discover exactly what the IP sector was doing to help forge a gender-equal world.

USPTO escapes former examiner’s bias claims

21-02-2020Sarah Morgan

A Virginia judge has handed victory to the US Patent and Trademark Office, granting the office’s motion for summary judgment in a discrimination suit brought by a former patent examiner.

Report paints ‘bleak’ picture of federal judiciary diversity in US

18-02-2020Sarah Morgan

White men dominate the lower federal courts, while women and people of colour remain severely underrepresented at the US Court of Appeals and the US district courts levels, according to a new diversity report.

Novartis makes tough diversity demands on outside counsel

International13-02-2020Edward Pearcey

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis is demanding that its external counsel ensure that a minimum of 30% of billable associate time and 20% of partner time will be provided by women, or members of the ethnic or LGBT communities, as part of its just-announced preferred firm programme for legal services.

English Bar reports improved diversity numbers, but progress is slow

UK04-02-2020Rory O'Neill

Levels of diversity in the Bar of England and Wales are increasing in line with the wider population, but senior lawyers are more likely to be white and male.

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