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30% female partners target for Herbert Smith

14th March 2014

Business WomanCommercial London firm Herbert Smith Freehills is the latest to announce an increased focus on gender diversity within the office. The firm has stated that it hopes to achieve a 30 percent weighting of female partners by the year 2019, with at least 25 percent by May 2017.

The firm is a member of the 30% Club in London and Hong Kong that looks to increase gender diversity in the workplace through bringing more women onto UK corporate boards. Should Herbert Smith’s plans go ahead, the firm could see a significant increase in its female London partner lawyer jobs in the near future.

Additionally other major firms in the City have announced similar strategies to improve their numbers of female partners, including Pinsent Masons, who aim to have 25 percent by May 2018, according to this article, and Hogan Lovells and King & Wood Mallesons who announced comparable initiatives back in 2012.

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