Ashurst sets gender targets for partnership and management

June 4, 2014 Ashurst has set targets to increase of the number of women in its partnership and senior staff. The firm intends to ensure that 40% of promotions to partnership will be female by 2018, and women will also make up 25% of equity partners and 25% of management positions by that date.

The announcement follows similar moves by Herbert Smith Freehills, which aims for 30% of partners to be female by 2019, and Pinsent Masons, which is aiming for 25% female partners by 2018.

 In the most recent partner promotion round at Ashurst, 33% were woman. And women make up just 14% the total partnership and 27% of senior management.

Managing partner James Collis said: ‘Recruiting, retaining and promoting the best people from the widest talent pool is a major business priority for all of us. Having a diverse team and an inclusive environment delivers increased levels of innovation, greater productivity and improved staff engagement and client service and is a key management objective for me.’

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