The statutory reporting requirement of publishing gender pay gap figures for companies with over 250 employees is fast approaching. Come April this year, there will be intense media scrutiny of this data and what it reveals. 

It is crucial that law firms of a certain size have a communications strategy prepared in order to deal with the inevitable enquiries from the legal press.  Some firms are choosing to be on the front foot and are publishing their figures before the April deadline. Likewise although gender pay gap figures for Partners do not have to be included in the statutory requirement, some law firms are publishing these anyway - this approach has the benefit of transparency.

Other firms will want to speak reactively to the press when approached directly and a well-thought out statement on the firm's figures and the approach the firm is taking to tackle any gap should be prepared in advance. One advantage of advance preparation is being able to respond to the journalist in a timely manner.