Firms and chambers to be set “specific gender targets” for senior roles

The bodies representing solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives have pledged to “achieve gender equality in the senior ranks” by getting firms and chambers to sign up to specific gender targets.

The Women in Law pledge, launched by the Law Society, Bar Council and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, asks firms, chambers and other organisations to commit to “specific gender targets” and publish them. As Legal Futures reports, organisations that sign up will also be required to make a member of the senior leadership team responsible for diversity and inclusion and ensure that assessment of senior leaders’ performance is linked to gender equality targets.

Now the onus is on organisations to sign up. Christina Blacklaws, president of the Law Society, said: “In signing the Women in Law pledge, legal organisations across the country will hold themselves accountable for gender equality in their workforce and commit to creating a more diverse profession.”

Richard Atkins QC, chair of the Bar Council, added: “This pledge reflects the joint understanding between the legal professions of the importance of diversity. It will allow chambers and organisations in which barristers work to demonstrate their commitment to a balanced and equal future for all.”

Get the LCN Weekly newsletter

Get our news, features, recruiter and lawyer interviews, burning questions, blog posts and more sent straight to your inbox with our weekly newsletter. You also get access to a free personal MyLCN account.

Sign up to LawCareers.Net to receive the LCN Weekly newsletter, diary updates, events, surveys and other emails providing information for future lawyers. Please note that we ask you to provide a password so that you can access MyLCN and edit your subscriber details, including email preferences.

 

Data Protection
To see how we use your data, please visit the Privacy Policy.

 

Terms
This subscription is subject to our Terms & Conditions.

Comment

Sign in to MyLCN to have your say.