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24th June 2019

The Women in Law pledge

The Law Society, the Bar Council of England and Wales, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) have recently launched the Women in Law Pledge.

They’ve created the pledge to tackle the issue of gender equality within the legal profession.

All legal service providers are encouraged to sign up. It's hoped that organisations pledging their commitment to change, and doing so with transparency, will be a vital stepping stone in achieving impactful progress for equality for all.

What will the pledge do?

By signing up for the pledge, organisations are committing to:

  • supporting the progression of women into senior roles in the profession by focusing on retention and promotion opportunities
  • setting clear plans and targets around gender equality and diversity for their organisation
  • publishing their action plan and publicly reporting on progress towards achieving their goals

The Women in Law pledge is a positive step to help improve gender equality in the legal sector. We have seen from the Women in Finance Charter the benefits this has had for the financial services sector. From the 300 signatories, more than three-quarters (78%) of organisations have either increased or maintained the proportion of women in senior management.

However, it is important to remember that despite diversity targets being a positive step to increase women in leadership, there needs to be a change in organisational culture in many firms.

Although there is no single path to success, there are a range of initiatives organisations can implement to help achieve top-level gender diversity. Examples include offering flexible working models, setting up sponsorship programmes, and ensuring all staff have unconscious bias training.

For more information, you can read the full pledge here.