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Gender diversity pushed in legal recruitment

11th June 2014

Linklaters are the first magic circle firm to announce a specific target for female membership on its executive committeeGender diversity has been a hot topic amongst the legal industry for some time, but Linklaters has just made the definitive push that should see law firms becoming more balanced. The magic circle firm has just announced its plans to have a 30 per cent female membership executive committee and international board by 2018. 

Following suit, Allen & Overy has also just announced its plans to moot a target of a 20 per cent female partnership by the year 2020 and firms Ashurst, Pinsent Masons, and Herbert Smith Freehills have also announced female targets. The changes to partnerships within such high profile firms is hoped to impact on the considerations of diversity when hiring for top lawyer jobs.

Linklaters stands as the first magic circle firm to adopt such an approach to gender diversity, with the others understood to be hot on their heels. Robert Elliot, Linklaters’ chairman and senior partner, states in this article that, “it re-affirms Linklaters’ commitment to female progression”.

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