Freshfields mulls female partnership targets in diversity push

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  • @Anonymous 28-May-2012 3:03pm
    That is outrageous! Can't believe anyone is so short sighted to think that 4 days a week and short bouts of mat leave mean you will never be promoted. Please, for your own self-respect, seriously think about moving firms - there are so many city firms I know how have promoted partners on the basis of 4 days a week. I'm not saying it's easy, but it is possible. Even if you're not interested in promotion, they don't deserve you!!
    I agree a lot with a previous poster who identifies the Law Firm Model as the problem here. Taking mat leave at precisely the pre-ordained time when you are supposed to be building a business case etc automatically bars women from the promotion path. This is ridiculous. Why not just accept that some people will take some time off (a matter of months in most cases), come back and resume a career. the Path to Promotion can then re-start. Yes, it will take a bit longer, but why is this a problem?
    The model is rooted in the past when lawyers (men) just ploughed on regardless and, at approx 7-8 years PQE got made up. THIS DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE!! It makes me so cross, all this messing about with quotas and flexible working, when all it takes is a tiny, minuscule change of perspective to mean that more women become partners.
    I am really quite cross about the whole thing.

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  • Given the comparative small number of male trainee solicitors, it is only a matter of time before the numbers of females promoted to partner level within firms increase naturally, without needing a shot in the arm from artificial positive-discrminatory targets.

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