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Male solicitors four times more likely to appear before disciplinary tribunal

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Despite fairly even gender split in profession

Men are four times more likely than women to appear before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT), new research by university academics has found, despite there being a fairly even split between genders in the profession.

Analysis by The City Law School’s Professor Andy Boon and co-author Avis Whyte from the University of Westminster into solicitors’ disciplinary processes found that the proportion of practising female solicitors grew from 44.5% to almost 49% between 2008 to 2015, but the percentage appearing before the tribunal inched up only slightly, from just over 19% to 21%.

There were 1,000 more female solicitors in their 30s than men practising in 2008, and over 8,000 more by 2015, yet in both years twice as many male solicitors of that age appeared before the SDT.

The academics then posited whether women make more “ethical” lawyers. In their research, which covers a 20-year period from 1994 to 2015, and focuses in detail on three points during that period: 1994–96, 2008 and 2015, they said that “under-representation of women amongst practitioners in the higher age-brackets, which contain most offenders, may help to explain the significant under-representation of women overall”.

They went on to say that if the link made by criminologists between age, opportunity and misconduct is to be accepted, then women are “less likely to be present in practice at the age when serious offending typically occurs”.

They continued: “This may also be linked to the kind of opportunity which only those in senior positions have. The current rate of growth of female partners remains sluggish with virtually two and a half male partners for every one female.”

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Interestingly, the academics also considered the possibility of “chivalry bias” — a tendency of some investigators, prosecutors and tribunals to “agonise before prosecuting or sanctioning women”.

With respect to the age of solicitors appearing before the SDT, the bulk of offences occurred when solicitors were middle-aged (in the 40-60 age group) but the proportion aged over 60 grew sharply from just under 17% to 29%.

“The disproportionate increase in the number of practitioners over 60 is consistent with solicitors retiring later. There may also be tendency to ‘end of career’ risk taking,” the academics said.

At the opposite end of the career spectrum, they said there was a “possible link” between late qualification into the profession and offending. “Late qualifiers may experience difficulty obtaining a training contract, enter less stable firms or practise alone. The spike at five years following qualification may be because solicitors cannot practise alone within three years of qualifying.”

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55 Comments

Pigeons are vermin

Older men forced to take financial risks to cover the costs of divorcing in England given it is a gold-digger heaven.

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Parminder

I think recognizing difference is important.

Equality in opportunity and merit does not equal pure equality. Men are hard wired to do things like a bit more naughty like that. Nature and nurture contribute, but there is some nature in there. Mighty Max rather than Polly Pocket you’d say.

Perhaps we need to focus on achievements though. It isn’t just the darkest moments that define us. Every flower takes a while to open and all.

Just let that sink in.

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Anonymous

A lot of it is because men are being targeted and because of the large amount of false accusations of sexual harassment, which are being ‘taken extremely seriously’.

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Anonymous

The unconcious bias is interesting in that thd survey consisers whether men must be wrong or women more ethical, but not whether men are being discriminated against.

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Anonymous

The copious downvotes on certain comments are telling and only go to show that those comments are true.

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Anon

What sort of peverse logic is that?

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Anonymous

Because if they weren’t true the same person wouldn’t be downvoting copious times. Its that sort of perverse logic.

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Anon

But the same person isn’t downvoting. That false accusation is your attempt, in the absence of any evidence, to account for the fact that you made a point which does not carry the approval of people reading these comments.

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Anonymous

Thd evidence of the same person downvoting is the number of downvotes. Next time don’t do so many and it might be more convincing. That’s why more people agree with me than agree with you.

Anon

The number of downvotes is indicative of the number of people downvoting the comments. There is no evidence to the contrary. The upshot is that a groundswell of people disagree with you. Your allegation to the contrary is a false one.

Anonymous

No, its only you downvoting the comments, as evidenced by your frequent downvotes and denial therefore. Please keep downvoting multiple times. All your doing is proving my point.

Anon

There is no evidence to suggest that the downvoting is by anyone other than people expressing their disapproval of your views.

Anonymous

The multiple downvotes by the same person are evidence of ghe multiple downvotes by the same person.

Anon

But there is no evidence that there are multiple downvotes by the same person. Your argument is entirely circular. You just don’t like the fact that lots of people are disagreeing with you.

Anonymous

Lot’s of people aren’t disagreeing. Its just one person doing multiple downvotes.

Anon

There is no evidence that one person is voting multiple times. You simply don’t like it that you are being disagreed with by many people, and are resorting to circular false allegations.

Anonymous

But lot’s of people aren’t disagreeing. Its just one person doing multiple downvotes.

Anon

But there is no evidence that one person is voting multiple times. You simply don’t like it that you are being disagreed with by many people, and are resorting to circular false allegations.

Anonymous

Lots of people aren’t disagreeing. Its just one person doing multiple downvotes.

Anon

It’s the perverse logic of someone who wants to allege falsely that men are discriminated against, rather than letting the article and the evidence speak for itself: simply that men are more often subject to proceedings because there is a trait in men towards breaching professional regulations.

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Anonymous

What trait is that?

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Jem

The trait in men towards breaching professional obligations.

Jam

What is the trait?

Jem

It is the trait in men towards breaching professional obligations.

Anonymous

But what trait is that?

Anon

The trait is towards breaching professional obligations.

Anonymous

What is the trait?

Anon

It is indeed perverse but it is meant to be, as it is a position put forward in bad faith.

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Anonymous

It isn’t in bad faith and it is true.

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SC

Men are also about 4x as likely to be partners. Are partners (leading clients, more access to the money in smaller firms) more likely to be subject to disciplinary tribunal proceedings?

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Anon

The copious downvotes on certain comments are telling and only go to show that those comments are untrue.

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Anonymous

In other words you’re responsible for the copious downvotes and realises it shows that the comments are true.

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Anon

In other words, the readers of these comments are responsible for the copious downvotes, which shows that the comments are untrue.

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Anonymous

In other words one person is responsible for the copious downvotes and realises it shows that the comments are true.

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Anon

In other words, the readers of these comments are responsible for the copious downvotes, which shows that the comments are untrue. There is no evidence to the contrary. Stop making false allegations.

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Anonymous

In other words one person is responsible for multiple downvotes and upvotes, demonstrating that the comments are true. Stop making false accusations otherwise. Please do keep upvoting your own comments though – please upvote your next comment 100 times, thanks.

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Anon

In other words, the voting is by people who disapprove of your views.

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Anonymous

In other words, one person disapproves of the views being expressed and is downvoting comments multiple times.

Anon

In other words, there are lots of people who disagree with you and they are voting accordingly.

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Anonymous

in other words, only one person is downvoting multiple times.

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Anon

In other words, multiple people are downvoting to show their disapproval.

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Anonymous

In other words, only one person is downvoting multiple times.

Anon

So in other words, multiple people are downvoting to show their disapproval.

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Anonymous

In other words, only one person disapproves and is downvoting multiple times.

Woke agenda

Surely the only possible explanation in that the tribunal is sexist.

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City

This is not going well for the commentator who wrongly claims that men are being targeted.

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Standy

its going a lot worse for the commentator who wrongly claims they aren’t!

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anonymous

The evidence is against you on that: it shows that the majority of people disagree with the notion that men are being target, and therefore that you are losing the argument.

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Anonymous

Nobody disagrees, but one person is downvoting comments multiple times.

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Barry

This rag of a site gets maybe 5-10 likes to any comment if it i lucky.

But we get 40+ in support of woke crap and ‘arguments’ claiming men can’t possibly be discriminated against. It is obviously some sad SJW spamming the likes.

This is partly why the comments section has died an undignified death and the only posts are press releases from firms and second year student articles on what X historical concept tells up about X trending legal topic.

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anonymous

Yawn. There is no evidence of spamming. And if your views were real, you wouldn’t be posting here.

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Anonymous

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

There is evidence of spamming. It is the multiple downvotes by the same person.

Yawn.

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Anon

Quite. Lots of people simply disagree with the tired, men are being targeted nonsense. And the voting shows that.

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Anonymous

There is no voting, just multiple downvotes by a false accuser targeting men.

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Anonymous

There is evidence of spamming. It is the multiple downvotes by the same person.

Yawn.

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