Sydney, Australia (PressExposure) December 03, 2013 -- A new project, which uses a survey of over 400 women lawyers across Australia has revealed common issue that are dissuading women from entering law, or compelling them to leave within years of initiating practice. The survey, conducted firms of all sizes, was a credible resource in identifying the challenges that women lawyers in their daily professional lives. The survey is an important aspect of the Women in Law project, an initiative to address these issues with a long term vision plan.
The Women in the Law project, a Melbourne based initiative launched in sync with International Women's Day seeks to address common issues that that women lawyers face as a result of discrimination in their professional lives.
The Australian work environment has not been seen as conducive to women practicing law. Common issues cited include a "glass ceiling" i.e. limitations on career growth, according to the the Equal Opportunity Commissioner of the state of Australia.
A report by the Human Rights Commission has also identified structural factors and general discrimination on gender grounds behind the high rate of attrition of women lawyers. Over half of all female lawyers leave jurisprudence in five years.
Suggestions to address the issue include industry codes and training for professional in the legal sector.
Unlike many competitor legal firms, Websters Lawyers prides itself on an Equal Opportunity work environment that enables women lawyers to handle the toughest cases at par with their male counterparts in the field of litigation. Further, the company's legal team is active on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to speak to the Australian general public about legal matters that they may face on a regular basis. The company's lawyers also maintain an official blog for insightful and relevant information about important legal scenarios that the average person might face.
Further, the company has enabled an Equal Opportunity environment in the workplace, preventing any bias or discrimination against female lawyers. This has earned the firm the respect of its legal team, and the firm enjoys a high retention rate, as compared to its competitors.
John from Hahndorf (Adelaide Hills, South Australia) wrote a brief praise filled testimonial after using the services of Websters Lawyers:
Advice and communication was first class. Attentive and very helpful service.
According to another testimonial by Doris"I'm 91 years old and was made very welcome and spoken to properly not as someone too old to know anything. Pleased with every detail of the visits thank you."