The firm's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2020 has five major areas of focus and one of those is gender. We know that increasing gender representation in senior leadership roles produces better decision-making and business outcomes, and our strategy aims to do that by attracting, developing and retaining top female talent.
The Law Society of New South Wales' Charter for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession is designed to promote and support strategies to retain women in the profession over the course of their careers, and encourage and promote progression into senior executive and management positions.
The Charter aims to achieve this by assisting legal practices develop cultures that promote diversity and inclusion, and positively impact all practitioners in their workplaces, resulting in better business outcomes for legal practices, the legal profession and the community as a whole.
In support of this initiative, the signatories to this Charter commit to:
- demonstrating leadership by implementing diversity and inclusion principles in the legal profession and removing gender bias and discrimination in the legal workplace
- driving change in the legal profession by developing a culture that supports the retention of women legal practitioners and recognises their value in senior roles
- implementing recruitment and promotion strategies that include gender diversity as an important consideration, including ensuring equal pay for legal graduates within the same organisation regardless of gender
- promoting and supporting mentoring and sponsorship of women in the legal profession, and
- encouraging and supporting flexible work practices in the legal profession to assist men and women to better balance professional and other commitments.