Pinsent Masons is first law firm to sign up to UK government's Women in Finance Charter

23 Mar 2017 | 10:08 am |

International law firm Pinsent Masons has signed up to the Women in Finance Charter. It is the first law firm to sign the Charter from HM Treasury, which is a commitment by firms that work in the financial sector to work on building a more balanced and fair industry.

The Charter, launched a year ago, commits firms to supporting the progression of women into senior roles and reporting on progress to deliver targets. It reflects the Government’s aspiration to see gender balance at all levels across firms working in financial services.

Jonathon Bond, Director of HR & Learning at Pinsent Masons, said: "We are delighted to have joined other leading firms working within the financial sector in the signing of this charter. It is an extension of the well-established programme that we have in place for gender diversity."

Pinsent Masons recently announced its partner promotions for 2017 and with 68% of the individuals promoted women, it saw the firm surpass its target of achieving 25% female representation among its partnership by 2018 - a year ahead of schedule. 

Bond continued: "Pinsent Masons launched Project Sky in 2014 aimed at improving our gender balance at senior levels leading to better working practices for all our staff. Having already surpassed our target we will now progress towards the longer term goal of 30% female representation."

Other firms that were part of the 33 new Charter signatories announced on 22 March 2017, included Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Royal Bank of Canada and Northern Trust.

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