News Herbert Smith Freehills Business Leadership Diversity HSF targets 30 per cent female partnership by 2019 By Lucy Burton 13 March 2014 10:12 7 January 2016 16:59 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 13 March 2014 at 13:11 While initiatives to break down barriers should be encouraged and are without doubt a good thing, I’m not convinced that going as far as setting specific targets really does anything other than un-do the good work of such an initiative. I can just imagine an old fashioned chap sat in his partnership chair, sneering at a newly promoted female partner with comments along the lines of “you’re only here because of the quota targets”. Surely fuelling such attitudes is just as damaging as the orginal barriers? Reply Link ML 13 March 2014 at 14:59 I may look into male to female gender reassignment surgery. As they say: no pain, no gain. And I am sure the girlfriend will understand… Reply Link Neil Cockroft 14 March 2014 at 02:11 The preceding comments indicate the entrenched nature of the problem, and the level of ignorance on the issues, namely: (a) the difference between targets and quotas – the former do not compromise meritocracy if designed and implemented appropriately, and (b) the implication that targets represent special treatment or unfair advantage for women – as opposed to levelling the playing field for both genders, removing barriers specific to women, and addressing the unfair advantage that male partners and lawyers continue to enjoy – such as hiring, developing and promoting ‘in their own image’. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.