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27 January 2016

Wragge becomes latest firm to set female partnership targets

International law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has committed to boosting the number of women in its global partnership by 30 per cent over the next ten years.

By Kathryn Higgins

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The law firm has indicated that it intends to 'lead by example' and significantly increase the proportion of women in its global partnership, first to 25 per cent by 2021 and then to 30 per cent by 2026. Currently, around 20 per cent of the firm's UK-based partners are women, a number which rises to 50 per cent at director level and more than 55 per cent among its ranks of principal associates, senior associates, and associates.

Comprehensive review

The decision to set concrete targets comes after Wragge established its More Women programme in 2011, which has since aimed to tackle workplace gender inequality through various initiatives, including unconscious bias workshops for Wragge employees and maternity training. The firm has also conducted a gender equality-focused review of its turnover, promotion, maternity returners and pipeline figures as part of a 'talent survey' administered by the '30% Club'. The club was founded in 2010 to boost the number of women on the boards of FTSE 100 companies to 30 per cent by 2015. Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are all also members. Source: The Law Society Gazette

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