UK law firm announces new target for 50% female representation at partner level

updated on 08 March 2024

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TLT LLP has set a new target to achieve 50% female representation at partner level by 2029 as it works towards becoming “one of the most progressive and diverse law firms in the UK”. This announcement comes after the firm met its 33% target in 2023 – two years ahead of its initial 2025 goal.

The aim is part of TLT's ongoing commitment to improving female representation at partner level and will see the firm prioritise health and wellbeing to support the progression of women to partnership. Helen Hodgkinson, chief people office at TLT, explains that: “Progressing the female health agenda and acknowledging that women's health differs from their male counterparts are essential in making sure all our women can have a long and successful career.”

As it works towards its new goal, TLT plans to expand and enhance its market-leading initiatives, including:

  • offering a flexible approach to working;
  • top-tier family support and later in life programmes; and
  • a wellbeing programme, which consists of private healthcare and a cash-back plan to support mental health and wellbeing.

The firm will also continue to invest in other initiatives to diversify early career roles through partnerships and a robust recruitment strategy.

While recognising that the firm still has a “long way to go”, Nina Searle, partner and sponsor of TLT’s Women’s Equality Network, says the firm is “really proud” of how far it’s come in diversifying its top roles.

Searle adds: “Setting this new target marks the next step in our journey and is vital to our success for two key reasons. One we want to show the next generation of women that TLT will offer them ample opportunities to progress their careers as far as they want to and that the firm will support them every step of the way. And two, we need to ensure that we understand and are representative of the clients that we serve.”

In the past three years, women have accounted for 66% of partner promotions at TLT following the introduction of the firm’s gender strategy in 2019 in collaboration with WEN.

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