Our 40:40:20 aim for gender equality

More than just a goal

Back in 2017, we set ourselves the target of at least 35% female partners by 2022. As of 1 July 2022, we exceeded that goal, reaching 37% female partners. We have since set a new target of at least 40% female partner representation in 2025, under our 40:40:20 aim: 40 per cent women, 40 per cent men and 20 per cent any gender (women, men or non-binary persons). 

Outside of our partnership, we have strong female representation of more than 50% at all legal levels and across our Corporate Services team.

Our career model, policies and initiatives have been developed with an emphasis on the engagement, professional development and promotion of women in the firm.


Our ever-growing networking and mentoring group, Women@Allens, is chaired by senior partners in each office, and focuses on developing and accelerating our female talent.

Our commitment 

We show our commitment to building a culture where everyone can reach their full potential through internal policies such as our signature parental leave package. As well, we are signatories to:

  • The UN women's empowerment principles (we were one of the first organisations in Australia to become a signatory)
  • Law Council of Australia's National Equitable Briefing Policy
  • Law Council of Australia's Diversity and Equality Charter
  • NSW Law Society's Charter for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession
  • Law Institute of Victoria's Charter for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession

Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)

Allens has been recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the past 18 years.

Inclusion and diversity at Allens

As a team, we have many different stories, but we stand side-by-side in delivering exceptional outcomes.