Ashurst introduces quota for the number of women in management positions

October 29, 2011 Ashurst has announced the introduction of a quota for the number of women in management positions, and aims to increase the number of women in management posts from its current level of around 14 per cent up to 25 per cent within the 
next three years. Ashurst is the first leading UK law firm to introduce a diversity quota of this kind.

The quota will apply across leadership positions including practice group heads, regional heads and the firm’s management board, as well as applying to various partnership committees, such as those dealing with remuneration and partner promotions. The quota will not apply to annual partnership promotion rounds.

Senior partner Charlie Geffen said: “Targets such as this have been viewed sceptically by people in the legal industry and beyond, but it is my perception that change will not come about unless firms go some way to implementing targets and performance indicators for tackling diversity.”


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