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Lovells is piloting a female mentoring scheme that is aimed at bolstering partner and employee engagement at the firm.
The scheme will be run by the firm’s women’s network, which was launched last year.
Partner Katherine Mulhern, who co-chairs the firm’s women’s network, said the scheme would be open to all female employees in London.
“The mentor scheme was established by the women’s network, which is part of Lovells’ diversity initiative,” she added. “The impetus for mentoring came from the network members themselves.”
The firm has written to women asking them to volunteer to be mentors and the aim is to match them up with mentees by the end of the month. Mentors will be asked to share their experiences on how they have managed their career paths, particularly those who have taken a break from work.
Lovells has a strong history of promoting women and was the first top-10 firm to vote in a female managing partner, Lesley MacDonagh.
Currently 25 per cent of London partners are female. According to Mulhern that number is increasing as younger female trainees move up through the firm’s ranks. Last week Clifford Chance declared it was launching a drive to double the number of female partners at the firm.
“None of us are happy about the figure being around 15 per cent,” said Clifford Chance managing partner David Childs (The Lawyer, 28 September).