Herbert Smith Freehills sets gender balance targets
Herbert Smith Freehills has announced a 30% gender target for the proportion of women in its global partnership, making it one of the only global firms to publically commit to international gender targets within a set timeframe.
It is set in two stages. By May 2017, it aims for at least 25% of the partnership to be women and by May 2019 the figure should be at 30%.
The law firm says the targets are an important step in helping to create a level playing field for both men and women who aspire to become partners.
Joint CEO David Willis commented: "These targets have tangible benefits for the whole business - as well as promoting the best talent, they will help us meet the needs of our clients and bring diverse perspectives to our business and the business of clients.
"In order to create a fully diverse and inclusive culture, we need to challenge ourselves to make measurable progress; just as we measure progress in any part of our business."
Joint CEO Gavin Bell added: "Our clear and realistic targets demonstrate our commitment to strengthening diversity within the firm by ensuring we are promoting the very best talent amongst our lawyers. In particular, we should ensure there are no barriers to women joining the partnership."