Womble Bond Dickinson has once again been recognised by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) and is one of only ten law firms in the UK to be awarded the 2021 Gold Standard Certification.
WILEF is the leading organisation dedicated to aiding women in the largest law firms and corporate law departments advance their careers through empowerment and leadership.
WILEF grants Gold Standard status to UK and US firms that meet objective criteria concerning the number of women among equity partners and who hold leadership positions. Other qualifying criteria includes compensation, diversity and involvement in governance committees.
Tracy Walsh, partner, UK and Global Board member and UK Board sponsor for diversity and inclusion at WBD, comments:
"We're thrilled to be once again amongst the ten UK law firms to be recognised by WILEF. It is so important for us to have women in positions where they can be recognised as role models for current and future generations.
"In 2020, our female hires and promotions continued to improve gender diversity at the firm and we saw female representation improve in 64% of our job groups, including at partner level.
"We're proud of the progress we have made in recent years to foster a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone is valued for the different perspectives and skills they offer, and encouraged to contribute to and celebrate our commitment to bring about positive change. Our people and clients alike are entitled to information about and evidence of what we are doing to address gender inequality. We will continue to create and provide opportunities and support for women to have and succeed in visible leadership roles."