Lander & Rogers hits gender equality milestone with 50% female partners

The firm says that this percentage is the highest among Australian law firms of its size

Lander & Rogers hits gender equality milestone with 50% female partners

Lander & Rogers has hit a gender equality milestone with its confirmation that 50% of the partnership is now female.

CEP Genevieve Collins said that the milestone “strengthens our firm as a fair and equitable workplace.” According to the firm, its proportion of female partners is the highest among Australian law firms of its size; as per an AFR partnership survey conducted in July, only 33.5% of partners at Australia's 50 largest law firms are women, even though 55% of all solicitors in the country are female and half of private practice lawyers are women.

To achieve gender parity at the partnership level, Lander & Rogers said that it developed and effected targeted initiatives concentrating on four key areas: flexibility, talent, pay equity, and inclusive leadership.  

"In these four areas we pinpointed the most significant opportunities to foster gender diversity at all levels of the firm, and identified where we could make the most tangible impact," stated Genevieve Collins, appointed as the firm's first female chief executive partner in 2018. 

Among these initiatives is a fully hybrid work model that does not require staff to go into the office on specific days or for a certain number of days.. The firm’s leadership also currently comprises a female CEP, a female board chair of the board, and a female chair of partners. In addition to a gender-balanced C-suite, four out of the firm’s eight practice groups are led or co-led by women.

"Diverse workforces can only thrive in safe and inclusive workplaces," said Collins.

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