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Crill Canavan & Collas Day Ranked in Top 20 Offshore Law Firms

June 2011

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Crill Canavan is the only Jersey-only firm, and Collas Day is the only Guernsey-only law firm, to be ranked in The Lawyer's latest Top 20 Offshore Law Firm survey.

The Lawyer's annual survey ranks Collas Day 14th and Crill Canavan joint 18th in the top 20. The merged firm, Collas Crill will be knocking on the door of the Top 10 next.

Crill Canavan also has the highest percentage of female equity partners of all law firms surveyed.  It is Crill Canavan's first ever appearance in the survey, and is noted for topping the bill for its gender balance with 33% female partners. The survey measures offshore law firms - defined in this context as Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Bermuda - by partner numbers, qualified lawyers, staff numbers and partner to associate ratio.

For the first time this year's survey calculates the proportion of female partners in offshore firms. Crill Canavan's managing partner Kathryn Purkis said: 'The issue of women's career progression has been a hot topic in law firms onshore for many years, but I fear it has not had the same level of attention in jurisdictions where there is no, or more recent, legislation around issues of equality and discrimination.

t is particularly relevant at the moment, in light of the national debate about whether a quota, or merely a target, should be set in FTSE350 boards'.

'Crill Canavan has always been a very female-friendly firm. Currently we have 42% women fee-earners, and overall there are 57% female staff. One of the two founding partners was Carol Canavan, and prior to some retirements the partnership had an even higher proportion of women than it now does, at over 40%. The new merged firm of Collas Crill will also be a progressive one, ensuring equality of opportunity for all and where ability and excellence will be rewarded regardless of gender.'

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