On International Women’s Day 2022, we’re really pleased to announce we have reached 30% female partnership at TLT – an important milestone bringing us one step closer to achieving our ambitions of 33% female partnership by 2025. The increase in the number of female partners in our firm is reflective of our own determination to succeed in improving diversity across all levels, and representative of our efforts to deliver sustainable and meaningful change.

In the last year, through close collaboration with our Women's Equality Network, we have launched a number of initiatives which have been instrumental in helping us drive this growth, including:

  • A fully flexible approach to working, allowing our people to choose where and when they work
  • An ED&I ‘consultancy pledge’ for recruitment partners setting a minimum standard they must meet our expectations in relation to diverse long and short lists
  • A further boost to our maternity leave policy to offer enhanced pay as a day one provision and increasing the duration of both full and half pay
  • A ‘ramp up, ramp down’ programme for expectant and returning parents to support them during a critical transition period
  • A market-leading paternity and non-birthing parent leave provision consisting of four weeks full pay to empower partners to be active caregivers through greater flexibility
  • Two new apprenticeship programmes which offer alternative routes to qualifying as a solicitor and combine paid work with training
  • Introduction of free sanitary products into all our offices as standard and supporting a partnership with Hey Girls to end period poverty in the UK

In addition to this, we are committed to ensuring we provide a more gender-inclusive environment so that men and women across firm stand to benefit.

We’re marking International Women’s Day today with a variety of activities including sharing success stories from across the firm and hearing from Martine Wright MBE – an inspirational woman and Paralympian who lost both her legs in the Circle line bombing during the 2005 terrorist attacks in London.

Lucy Norman-Wells, senior equality, diversity and inclusion and wellbeing manager commented: “In May 2019, we started with just 21% female partners and later that same year, committed to our target of 33% by 2025. We’re now one step closer to achieving this. We are proud to have come this far and will continue to develop and implement initiatives to ensure we hit our 2025 goal. We’re continually driving sustainable change in every part of our operations, including with own people by making sure our senior positions are truly diverse and inclusive”.

Read more about our inclusion and diversity strategy HERE.

Date published

08 March 2022


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