This letter was published by the Evening Standard.

It is ironic that the fourth woman in the past 10 years to serve as president of the Law Society, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, is accusing members of her own profession of sex discrimination. She has good intentions – lip service to flexible working is not enough – but inflammatory comments about the ability of men in senior positions turns the debate into women versus men and alienates half the profession.

Media focus on quotas also makes life uncomfortable for women occupying or aiming to occupy senior roles.  A talented woman lawyer wants to be a partner, not ” made-up” only because of her gender.  No business today can afford to appoint a partner or a director who lacks ability – it is nonsense to suggest otherwise.

Ronnie Fox and Lucy Money