The topic of gender diversity has become increasingly under the spotlight recently, with just this year firms including Pinsent Masons, Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters and Ashurst upping their game by setting long-term gender diversity targets. But, with just 27 per cent of all partners female, there’s still plenty of work to be done.
Now, five associates from a range of City firms have taken matters into their own hands, setting up a first-of-its-kind group called Women In Law London (Will) and working with The Lawyer as its official media partner.
The grass-roots initiative will target female solicitors at the pre-partnership level, both in private practice and in-house. Positioning itself as a network ‘by associates, for associates’, the idea is to help women meet like-minded talent to share their thoughts on their future career options.
For its launch on 17 October, the group is pulling out the big guns with a networking event including a speech by Lord Mayor of London and former CMS Cameron McKenna partner Fiona Woolf.
Here’s to another welcome addition to the on-going campaign to ensure female partners have an equal footing on the legal career ladder.
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