Allens has announced its goal to have at least 35 per cent female partners by 2022, the year that will mark the 200th anniversary of the firm.
Currently 26 per cent of the firm's partnership is female, and while that proportion has increased, the firm wants to continue to push for change.
'There is no question that a diverse team and inclusive culture benefits our clients, our people and our firm,' said Managing Partner Richard Spurio.
'We are committed to bringing our best and most talented people through our firm and I'm really pleased that in our most recent round of 1 July partner promotions, two-thirds of those promoted were female – three who work flexibly and one, Valeska Bloch, was promoted while on family leave.
'We will continue to develop our programs and support structures to help us get to at least 35 per cent by 2022. Talking to our people, we know that making flexibility more mainstream, increasing accountability for diversity and child care availability are key issues – they have been a real focus for us.'
Allens was one of the first organisations in Australia to become a signatory to the UN Women's Empowerment Principles and for the past 12 years the Workplace Gender Equality Agency has recognised Allens as an employer of choice for gender diversity.
'We continue to try new things, evaluate impact and evolve our inclusion and diversity strategy. We know our people are our greatest asset and so we keep talking to our people and our clients about ways we can continue to improve,' Richard Spurio said.
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Allens is a commercial law firm working throughout Australia and Asia. Through its integrated alliance with Linklaters it provides clients access to 40 offices in 28 countries around the world.