BLP introduces 30% female partnership target for 2018
International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today announced a 30% female representation target in the partnership by the end of 2018.
The proposal, approved by the BLP Board last week, was sponsored by the firm’s Diversity and Inclusivity Group, headed by Employment Practice Group Head, Lisa Mayhew, and Real Estate Departmental Managing Partner, Chris de Pury.
BLP’s partnership currently has 22% female partners. This target is an important step in confirming the importance of diversity and inclusivity to the firm. Its Corporate and Real Estate Practices, as well as the Litigation, Employment and Real Estate Finance teams, are piloting flexible working initiatives, which includes a work from home scheme.
As part of this move BLP will design new training programmes for partners and senior employees, including a new mentoring programme, and explore targeted development programmes for women across the firm.
Lisa Mayhew, who is a member of BLP’s Board and Head of Employment, Pensions & Incentives, said: “We are passionate about ensuring BLP remains a fulfilling and progressive place to work and this target, and the measures that accompany it, will help create an environment which enables different people to be themselves. This is important to our clients and it is important to us.”
Beyond gender, BLP will also focus on sexual orientation and social mobility. The firm has recently appointed Claire England as its first dedicated Inclusivity Manager and will be running an Inclusivity Week in November for clients and employees. It will include talks by former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney and Big Issue Foundation CEO, Stephen Robertson.