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Women in Law Pledge

Last month The Law Society announced the launch of the Women in Law Pledge – uniting Firms in a commitment to tackling the issue of gender equality within the legal profession.

We welcome the new Women in Law Pledge launched in June by the Law Society with the Bar Council of England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

We’ve seen the positive impact of similar pledges in other sectors, such as the Women in Finance and Tech Talent Charters, as well as the The Diversity in Hospitality, Travel and Leisure (HTL) Charter led by WiH2020.

Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of Thought Leadership, Coaching and Consultancy at Bright Horizons, said, "Many of our law firm clients have already led the way in making the kind of commitments required under the new Women in Law pledge, such as having a senior leader accountable for gender equality, with published targets and performance commitments.

Initiatives such as this move the whole profession forward, shifting attitudes from compliance (still the approach of many towards gender pay gap reporting) towards effective action. Perhaps the Pledge site could make a more explicit link with the business benefits of diversity; though in any case a very good start.”

The deadline for the first cohort signatories to set and publish targets and an action plan is 31 March 2020. To find out more please click here.

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