Do men or women make better family lawyers? (Today’s Family Lawyer)

17 July 2023

In the world of family law, the question arises - do men or women make better family lawyers? The answer is not as straightforward as it may seem. It largely depends on individual preferences, circumstances, and the specific needs of a case.

Legal Executive, Lisa Payne, has written an article for Today's Family Lawyer, reflecting on her recent experiences. 

Contrary to popular belief, the effectiveness of a family lawyer isn't necessarily determined by their gender. Both male and female lawyers bring their own strengths to the table. Some clients might prefer a male lawyer, believing they will be more aggressive and fight harder for their rights. On the other hand, some clients may feel more comfortable with a female lawyer, perceiving them to be better listeners, more compassionate, and intuitive.

Interestingly, statistics reveal that there are more female family lawyers than male ones. Resolution’s 2022 Annual Report confirmed that out of 6,351 members, 75.4% were female and 24.6% male. 

Lisa writes: "At a recent Private Children Law seminar, I looked around the room and noticed that nearly 90% were female attendees. Further, the Judge speaker was female, as were all three Counsel speakers, and indeed an expert that spoke. Where were the male family lawyers?"

Read the full article here

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