Our diversity

Interview with Diane Jurgens, Chief Technology Officer at BHP

Allens knows diversity makes businesses more innovative. We talk to Diane Jurgens, Chief Technology Officer at BHP, about the role that inclusion and diversity play in innovation and transformation, leading to greater productivity and real business value.

The Diversity and Equality Charter

Allens is a signatory to the Diversity and Equality Charter, a Law Council of Australia initiative. Allens, alongside the Australian legal profession, is committed to promoting diversity, equality, respect and inclusion consistent with the principles of justice, integrity, equity and the pursuit of excellence upon which the profession is founded.

We recognise that diversity benefits the legal profession and the community as a whole.

Celebrating Women at Allens

We are committed to building a culture of genuine diversity to support the success of women in the firm.

With a strong emphasis on professional development, sponsorship and networking, we are focused on the engagement and promotion of talented women across the firm.

Our Women at Allens Committees provide networking, development and client relationship building opportunities for women in the firm.

The development and acceleration of outstanding female professionals in all areas of our firm reflects the value we place on our people, and on the relationships we have with each other, our clients and the broader community.

We were one of the first organisations in Australia to become a signatory to the UN Women's Empowerment Principles – a set of Principles for business, offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

Start quotation Allens has long been committed to promoting gender diversity and building a diverse, inclusive and engaged team is a key theme in our strategy. We regularly review our progress against our diversity framework and are proud of the long-standing initiatives we have in place to advance diversity within the firm and the steps we have taken towards reaching our gender equality targets. End quotation
Richard Spurio

Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

Allens has been recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as one of Australia's employers of choice for gender equality.

A flexible work culture

We believe flexibility is more than just establishing a flexible work arrangement – it is about how, when and where work is done.

Our approach to flexibility is broad and recognises that needs are different for every individual and may change over time.

Our career model supports employees working flexibly through dedicated coaching and support, tailored to the aspirations and development needs of each individual.

LGBTI Network

AWEI Bronze 2019

A growing network for all partners and employees who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI), as well as their allies at Allens.

Established in 2011, our LGBTI network, ALLin, provides opportunities for members to build relationships with each other, our clients and the wider community through events, network meetings and pro bono legal assistance on matters of interest to the LGBTI community.

ALLin aims to assist in providing an inclusive workplace at Allens where diversity, including identifying as LGBTI, is celebrated.

We were the first law firm to be a member of Pride in Diversity, Australia's first and only not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist Australian employers with the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees, and are proud to have been recognised as a bronze employer for LGBTI inclusion in the 2019 Australian Workplace Equality Index.

Allens looks forward to continuing its work in this area, its engagement with clients on LGBTI issues, and to fostering a safe and welcoming environment for all of its LGBTI partners and employees.

To find out more about our network contact Partners Rachel Nicolson (view CV) and Andrea Martignoni (view CV).