The Lord Chancellor has supported law firms’ pledge to promote gender equality.
Ashurst has promoted 21 of its lawyers to Partner around the world in its latest round of promotions. From the cohort, more than half of the group are women, for the second year running. The firm's on course to achieve its target – a 33% female partnership by 2022.
Over 170 general counsel have published what they believe to be the crucial actions to pressure law firms to improve their diversity.
Silver circle law firm Herbert Smith Freehills sets a bold 35% global female partnership target for May 2023.
Law firm diversity network NOTICED has published its Best Practices Report, which suggests that firms should be setting “aspirational targets” for the recruitment and retention of employees from BAME backgrounds.
Slaughter and May are among nine new firms who have signed up to a diversity scheme which allows lawyers who have taken a career-break back to City law firms.