I’m fundamentally opposed to quotas for women in the same way that I would be for quotas for blue eyed people

Such was the opinion of one of the panellists at the “Female Partner Quotas for Law Firms” interactive breakfast seminar earlier this year, organised by the Professional Practices Alliance. Panellists and attendees alike debated their views on whether or not law firms should adopt mandatory quotas or voluntary targets to increase female representation in law firms at partnership level.
 
We are pleased to attach a link to the final report from that seminar, which covered thought-provoking ideas and challenges discussed on how firms may seek to break down the barriers that may be preventing greater gender diversity in law firm partnerships, including adopting supportive workplace mentoring initiatives, flexible working and family friendly rights and even considering changes to traditional partnership structures to remove obstacles to female lawyer  promotion, progression and retention.
 
The panellists included:
 
Clare Maurice, Founding Partner at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP,
Anne O’Neill, Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe,
David Shufflebotham, Chief People Officer at Osborne Clarke,
Bettina Bender, Partner at CM Murray LLP, and
Anna Birtwistle, Partner at CM Murray LLP (Panel Chair)
 
Please click here for the full Report.