Linklaters named in Top 50 Employers for Women list

Linklaters has been named as a leader on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2016.  The unranked alphabetical list is published in partnership with Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, as part of the charity’s Responsible Business Week.

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list involves a comprehensive submission process managed by the gender equality campaign at Business in the Community.  All organisations within the Top 50 have demonstrated that gender equality is a key part of their business strategy, with consistent commitment to creating workplaces and cultures that are inclusive of women from entry level through to senior leadership.

This is the third year running that Linklaters has been included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list.

Kathryn Nawrockyi, Gender Equality Director AT Business in the Community, said: “Huge congratulations to Linklaters on being named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2016 – the process was highly competitive so they should be extremely proud of their success.  They have demonstrated a commitment to fundamentally changing workplace processes and cultures to make them inclusive to all, benefitting women and men at every level in their organisation, and I hope they inspire other employers to do the same.”

Robert Elliott, Linklaters Chairman and Senior Partner, said: “To be named as one of the Top 50 Employers for Women for the third year running is testament to the firm’s comprehensive set of initiatives designed to improve diversity. Some of these programmes have been in place for several years now and are making a real difference in helping us attract, retain and develop some of the finest talent in the profession. From the Linklaters’ Women’s Leadership Programme to flexible and agile working arrangements, we are committed to doing all that we can to help our people to reach their goals.”

Promoting talented women is one of the firm’s top priorities, and several initiatives are instrumental. For example, the  Linklaters’ Women’s Leadership Programme, in association with Cranfield School of Management, provides a structured means of targeting those with the strongest potential as early as possible. The programme, launched in 2012, consists of a series of events, structured learning and coaching sessions so that participants can receive dedicated support for their ongoing development, through the programme and throughout their career at Linklaters. Linklaters also works with the 30% Club, IFLR’s Women in Business Law Group, Tomorrow’s Global Leaders and other thought leadership organisations across the world, to share ideas and best practice with leading organisations that are committed to improving diversity.

We also regularly invite clients, community members and business leaders into our doors for hard hitting and inspirational discussions through our ‘Inspiring Women’ and ‘Inspire to Succeed’ seminar series. For example, in March, for our global celebration of International Women’s Day, we had 30 events across the network which saw hundreds of employees and guests celebrate the outstanding achievement of women, young girls and the men who champion women’s equality.